Is algebra necessary?
He feels this way because:
To this line of reasoning, I ask: Couldn’t the same query be posed of other subjects too? Why should everyone be forced to learn some of the arts, history or a foreign language?
I feel children are made to learn a broad spectrum of things because no one knows what is going to be truly useful to a given child after they’ve grown up. And if you’re one of the 5% (to quote the statistic above) who needs to use any more abstract mathematics than arithmetic in your life, you’re sure glad you were exposed to it in school. I know I am.
I’m sure this is also the case for the 5% (making this number up) who need to be reasonably versed in poetry or or chemistry or history or dodgeball or whatever when they grow up.