Many students are being shortchanged and discriminated against if given no high school mathematical physics and/or chemistry course in their high school program and will be economically limited throughout his/her whole life.
All STEM jobs require a background in mathematical methods learned in high school physics and chemistry. STEM jobs, such as mathematics teacher, and medical technician as well as a medical doctor. These STEM jobs are the ones that command good paying salaries which enable a person and his/her family to have a good life.
Before, many students lacked mathematics needed to do high school physics and chemistry. However, with at least a simple calculator a great deal of this weakness the elementary mathematics can be eliminated and physics and chemistry problem solving can be achieved by all kinds of average and at risk students. Now these previously excluded students can pass a high school mathematically based physics and chemistry course and gain the mathematical foundations needed for STEM careers in higher education. Also, I have found teaching at-risk and average ability students a basic mathematically-based physics and chemistry is easily possible with a calculator and with lots of individual teacher assistance.
Every high school student in America, average or better, must have an equal chance to be an engineer, a lab tech and even a medical doctor, by being allowed to take mathematical physics and/or chemistry, especially with extra help from the teacher, so that they can have an opportunity for a good paying STEM type job.
Stewart E Brekke, Ph.D.