I was shocked recently when a distinguished educator stated that all high school graduates did not need to learn algebra. Being brought up in British schools, I had to learn Latin and Ancient Greek starting at age 9 and 10, respectively. Initially I thought these were dead languages and a complete waste of time. But in retrospect I feel that these languages provided the foundations for current languages and helped “to train my mind.” It may be hard for non-Brits to believe that, until 1960, Latin was a required subject to get into a British university.
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