The Reasons Why We Need to Learn Algebra
Hey, you! Yes, you, the one who is about to go to high school. I hear you are thinking about not taking Algebra. I have trouble imagining that there is still anyone left who doubts the importance of Algebra for future success. Where have you been? This topic is everywhere–newspapers, TV, online, etc. I strongly suggest you look up my other articles about the importance of Algebra and read them thoroughly because they give lots of specific reasons why you need to learn Algebra in high school. Those articles tell you what positive things Algebra makes possible.
You are, however, standing at a very important fork in the road of your life. It is equally important to understand the negative side of your decision. For the purposes of this article, I am going to be very blunt with you. Are you ready?
If you make the decision to NOT take Algebra in high school, then:
1. You are making a conscious decision to stop the forward progress of your life right here, right now. You are putting on your own brakes.
2. You are deciding that who you are now is who you want to be for the rest of your life.
3. You are deciding that what you have right now is all you will ever have.
4. You are making the decision to stand still while those around you move on with their lives.
5. You are locking yourself into minimum wage jobs for the rest of your life, while the others move on to college and to successful, satisfying, high-paying jobs. Imagine flipping burgers for the rest of your life.
As the changes in society, technology, and our global economy happen more and more rapidly, you will only be watching it all happen. You will not have the skills to be participating. You will quite literally be left behind. This is NOT what you want for your future!
Algebra has become the door to the future. If you don’t open it, you will forever be stuck right where you are–knowing only what you know now, being able to do only what you can do now; but open that door, with the understanding of its importance and the willingness to do what is required, and you will have opened all the other doors that lead to a wonderful future.
With Algebra come all the possibilities that mathematics allows. All of the sciences become choices for you. College is will be open to you. Any career you can imagine becomes an option for you. Your knowledge base will make you an asset for any company anywhere in the world. Without Algebra, this all disappears. Why would you do this to yourself?
What’s that? Someone said Algebra was hard? Algebra can be hard–especially if you don’t give it you full effort.
Did anyone tell you that your future without Algebra would be easy? They lied!