There are plenty of comments on the Gradebook post. Sherman Dorn has weighed in.
So here’s my contribution to the hubbub – just an earlier post from this blog:
“The New York Times reported on July 1 that manufacturers are having trouble finding assembly line workers – because the new generation of assembly-line jobs requires mathematical skills that most of those out of work do not possess.”
Increasingly, algebra-level skills are necessary to make a living.