I’m a math purist. I’m one of the few laypersons that is vocal in support of common core math (it teaches deductive concepts that support higher mathematics instead of favoring memorization of facts). I also tend to agree with the arguments presented here. Statistics and civil mathematics are excellent courses to be studied, and they could even help bring some sanity to a crumbling republic by teaching about logical fallacies and how to tease them out. Geometry makes more practical sense than algebra (even if one is based on the other) as it has grounds in more-or-less concrete, physical applications. High school should prepare students for real life, for walking into the labour force with at least some training in practical skills. Algebra, as pure and beautiful as it is, does nothing to prepare most people for life.