Seventh grade and eighth grade is when algebra becomes a larger part of the focus in math. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file

Writer Ginnie Graham's column ("Algebra 2 isn't going away, but it needs new thinking," May 25) appeared right after a coworker explained the quadratic equation to predict how many bicycles a man can have before his wife leaves him.

(Note: The curve shape is a wave of the hills and valleys of the bike trail.)

I think both theoretical and practical math should be required.

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