Education: Least Popular Subject

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The whole situation, says E.T.S., finally boils down to this: "Future teachers pass through the elementary schools learning to detest mathematics. They drop it in high school as early as possible. They avoid it in teachers colleges because it is not required. They return to the elementary school to teach a new generation to detest it."

* To make up for the inadequacies of the secondary schools, West Point automatically runs review classes in math. Annapolis estimates that about one in seven of its incoming students needs special work. The math situation is so bad in the secondary schools, that about five years ago Annapolis abolished trigonometry as an entrance requirement, began to teach it itself.

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