Texas is backing off of requiring Algebra II in high school. I'm not sure they should require it but should make it known to students that plan on college they should take it. Others might want to spend their time learning a trade because not everyone can or in some cases should go to college. If its not required then everyone is free to take a course more suited to what their goals are in life.The state that started a trend by making high school students tackle algebra II is now abandoning the policy in a move praise by school districts for affording more flexibility. But some policy experts are nervous because nearly 20 states have followed Texas' lead in requiring the vigorous course.
Supporters say fewer course mandates give students more time to focus on vocational training for high-paying jobs that don't necessarily require a college degree, such as at Toyota's factory in San Antonio or oil and chemical giant BASF's facilities on the Gulf Coast.
Trend-starting Texas drops algebra II mandate