Now this piece of news gets me worried. I am all for letting people choose what they want to. But for the choices to made, one should be mature enough. Further a minimum level of proficiency in Mathematics is almost a must of most of the disciplines. The reasons given in the article are rather shallow. If the situation is as bad, I think the first point of attack should be the quality of teaching, curriculum and textbooks, rather than the subject itself. May be we are not able to present it the right way to the students. Going by such arguments, I’m sure there will be people advocating removal of history and economics from the school curriculum altogether. Their teaching is even more pathetic and it leaves students with just facts and figures to be mugged up for the exam. Whereas, the larger impact of these disciplines of human life is something no one can escape. It’d be sad if our education system’s decisions are governed by such shallow arguments and the fixes proposed are equally superficial. The age-old cliche of attacking the problem and not the symptoms applies here.
P.S. I assume this news is not a April Fool Joke!!