I am with you 100% on this, and long thought this one-size-fits-all approach of the public schools is a bunch of......uh, what would be a polite word? Algebra was forced on me in the 10th grade, and as I flunked it, they tried to do this again in the 11th grade, but by then I had already found out that the GED at adult night school did not require it. Needless to say, I told the High School where they could shove their HS diploma. I recall the algebra teacher Mr Ratliffe swearing to me back in 10th grade that I absolutely could not make it without knowing it...similar to the gym teacher swearing I could not make it without learning sports. Algebra, sports, and pretty much everything else required in the public school system proved utterly useless, to sorta marginally useful. It appears others here has had far different experiences. Guess it all depends on what life course one choose. Algebra is obviously needed for engineers, chemists, etc., but I have long been curious just how many it was forced upon actually found it useless, and just learned it and forgot it.