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April 20, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Seniors still failing to meet math requirement

Requirement is unnecessary

Some kids are good in math and some kids are not [“3,730 seniors still short of math for graduation,” NWThursday, April 18]. We should be teaching kids as individuals, not as prisoners of some math requirements that are unreasonable and unrelated to real life.

We should make sure that the kids can handle arithmetic but not require algebra and geometry. Let them add and subtract and use handheld calculators. Reconciling a checking-account balance could be another must. The kids adept at math can go further if they wish.

We want kids to succeed at school, not fail. Failure can harm potential. We need successful kids with suitable education based on who they are, not burdened by what they cannot do and do not need.

Grosvenor Anschell, Bellevue

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