Having math courses be required

to graduate is wrong and it’s not

helpful.

At East Los Angeles College

(ELAC), one of the requirements

needed to graduate is to complete

Math 125 or higher.

These higher levels of math are

usually very complicated and will

serve no purpose to most students

in their everyday lives.

I’m a person who is not the

biggest fan of math; in fact, I

passionately hate math.

It’s the subject I most struggle

with and get stressed the most in.

Most of my hatred for math comes

from the fact that it’s a graduation

requirement.

That means it’s entirely possible

for a student at ELAC to have

completed the required English

course, all their major required

courses and electives, but not be

able to graduate because they can’t

pass the required math class.

Now, if a specific major required

a set of necessary math courses, then

that is one thing.

It makes sense if math courses

are needed for a major in science or

something else along with that category.

That material is going to be

required in those fields.

My problem is that the material in

the level of math ELAC requires me

to take, Math 125, is never going to

be used in my everyday life, nor is it

likely going to be needed in the field

of the major I am taking.

Something that infuriates me even

more is that before 2009, students

entering ELAC only needed Math

115 to graduate.

For students registering after

2009, it was changed from 115 to

an even harder level of math the new

requirement.

That infuriates me, as I could have

already been done with the math

requirement, but unfortunately, I

am not.

Some colleges in California have

different requirements needed for

graduation than what ELAC has.

An example is UC San Diego,

where they require calculus classes

to be completed to graduate or a

natural science class.

So, the requirements will vary

between colleges, but most will

require some completion of math.

Requiring someone to have some

knowledge of basic math isn’t a bad

thing in theory.

It’s reasonable to make sure

a student has at least a basic

understanding of mathematics such

as general addition, subtraction,

and fractions because it is wise to

assume that material will be used

in a person’s everyday life.

However, it ’s entirely

unreasonable for colleges, in

addition to ELAC, to consider these

higher levels of math will be used in

an average everyday life.

The changes I would want to see

made are not only reasonable but are

common sense.

I took Math 110 during my first

semester at ELAC.

I learned the basics of math that

I would reasonably use in my life.

This level should be the bare

minimum level of math college

students need to graduate.

All higher levels should not be

required unless a students major

requires it.

These changes would not only

help students who fail in math, but

it would also relieve the stress from

students who are already stressed

enough with college in general.

This is a change that is desperately

needed.