Everyone who goes to school is required to take math. Math is one of the most dreadful subjects, but is it really necessary? The reality is that most people don’t go into a career that has to deal with math beyond adding and subtracting. How many times will you be factoring polynomials later in life? I doubt ever. This raises the question of whether students should have the option of ditching math after a basic level of mastery. This could work by allowing students the option to take classes other than math that might be more interesting to them. For the majority, this would mean that students should not have to take math every year. Students should only take math classes that could help with their future. For example math that helps for taxes, tips, payments, etc. Math after middle school starts to become unnecessary for the future.

Math stresses students out so much. This causes students to focus more on passing the subject than taking classes for their future career. “What is the most stressful subject” I asked Emily Winn. She responds with “Math.” “Do you think math is necessary after middle school if you’re not going into a career involving it?” I asked Abby and Kenzie. Abby said “I’m never gonna need the quadratic formula again” Kenzie agrees and states “Some things you might need but majority you don’t.” Schools should sort out the topics that are more important and necessary than others.

Students could have what’s called “math anxiety.” Which is the worry or fear about performing math calculations. This is not ok. Students should not be put under this pressure for a subject they’re not even pursuing. students complain and complain about math. Math causes students to stress themselves out. The amount of math students are required to take should be limited.