Mathematics is used throughout the world as an essential tool in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and the social sciences. Applied mathematics, the branch of mathematics concerned with application of mathematical knowledge to other fields, inspires and makes use of new mathematical discoveries, which has led to the development of entirely new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics and game theory. Mathematicians also engage in pure mathematics, or mathematics for its own sake, without having any application in mind. There is no clear line separating pure and applied mathematics, and practical applications for what began as pure mathematics are often discovered.<quoted text>
What does AP science have to do with math? What about AP biology or AP history? Your focus and one-tract view is a flaw.
Without a solid basis in mathematics the above professions will lock out our children in favor of those who have masted the necessary studies.
Math both helps us define our world and live comfortably within its scope.
Those with limited math skills will find themselves at a disadvantage in coping with and understanding the world around them, putting them at a distinct competitive disadvantage in life.
Life is hard, its harder when you're stupid.
Fortunately stupidity is a curable condition, through serious and intense efforts in education, this condition has been known to be eradicated.