Connie Hater-Bagley (left), a full-time student at the University of Maine at Machias, asks other students to document their objections to math requirements at UMM Tuesday afternoon.
Hater-Bagley said a specific algebra course is required for graduation and that at least two students will not be graduating with their class this spring because they have repeatedly taken the course and failed. She suggested that a basic math course – one that deals with banking, mortgages, credit card rates and so on – should be substituted. She insisted that dropping algebra would not dumb down the university.
UMM spokesman Erik Smith said the school’s curriculum is currently under review and students are being asked for input. He said the algebra requirement is for students who have not demonstrated math proficiency either through classes, high school credits or their SAT scores.
The event was advertised on posters around campus as a sit-in, however, no students participated and only a half dozen chose to fill out the comment sheets. The event will be held again today in front of the UMM library at 12:30 p.m.
BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY SHARON KILEY MACK