A teenager once sat in Algebra class wondering why he had to learn what seemed like very complicated concepts. For the life of him, he couldn’t ever imagine a career in which he would need to know the intricacies of prime factorization, polynomials, quadratic equations, functions or dilation. At the same time, this teen never learned in school how to construct a personal budget, balance a checkbook, or even write a check. It seemed like the educational system was too focused on advanced concepts he would never use in everyday life and not focused at all on the essentials.

Matt McClure