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  •  in the sense of not being prepared to make (0+ / 0-)

    sound decisions as an individual and as a citizen, yes.

    •  Absolutely ridiculous (1+ / 0-)
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      brooklynbadboy

      Look, I'm a university student studying physics. Back in high school, I was the president of my school math team. However, the idea that one needs to know high-level math to make "sound decisions as an individual and as a citizen" has to rank as one of the most ludicrous propositions I've ever heard on Daily Kos. Frankly, the comment is insulting to the vast mass of responsible, civic-minded citizens who may not possess advanced math skills. It reeks of elitism of the worst order.

      •  hold on there (1+ / 0-)
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        guinea

        so what is 'high school level' math?  Basically algebra, and geometry.  

        So you really think someone can make properly informed decisions about the terms of a mortgage, or a car loan, or about what the federal deficit actually means, without that minimum mathematical background?

        •  I'm not talking about high-school-level math (0+ / 0-)

          In your original comment, you implied that one cannot make sound decisions without knowing college-level math. Pretty sure that one doesn't need calculus to understand the basic terms of a mortgage, car loan, or about the deficit.

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