Can some people be considered expendable?

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I’ve been very interested in learning that Washington state now demands that high school graduates pass an algebra test or a geometry test.

Some of this is personal. When I reviewed math for the Graduate Record Examination I realized that while I passed algebra in my high school class, I never really learned it. Fortunately, I was able to take a programmed learning class at Tacoma Community College at which point I finally got it.

However, I don’t seem to use algebra in my daily life. I wonder how many legislators and editorial writers do.

How can people be considered expendable? Failure to graduate from high school ordinarily has lifetime consequences. We’ve had the opportunity to learn about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and what they do to the brain as it is forming.

For some students it’s a matter of not being capable of doing algebra. However, where students have teachers and principals who care, they are able to present a collection of evidence to show their competence in some areas of math. We’re so fortunate that Jim Sporleder at Lincoln High and Pete Peterson at Walla Walla High saw to it their students were not included in the group who failed.

Wouldn’t it benefit the state if more people volunteered to help rather than thinking some students could be left in limbo?

Dorothy Knudson

Walla Walla

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