In response to "Is algebra in everyone's equation?" (July 25, Letters): I agree that there are remote cases in which a student seemingly cannot learn algebra. It's my opinion that a great number of cases are those in which it is such a struggle that the student just doesn't want to apply himself or herself.
Algebra wasn't required to graduate when I was in high school and 20 years later, when I returned to college, it came back to haunt me. Did you know that in order to move on from lower- to upper-division college courses, you have to complete a 100-level math course? In other words, without algebra, a four-year degree is unreachable. I can't count the number of times I've wished I had taken algebra in high school and had a good base instead of learning the proverbial hard way.