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In their lively and entertaining weekly discussion of issues related to higher education, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore the topics of higher education, lifelong learning, and exercising the brain. Ed and Jennifer practice what they preach, too, by introducing math puzzlers and brain teasers to keep listeners on their toes.

Higher Ed: Should Math Be a College Requirement?

Math: we love it; we hate it; we cannot live without it. A Higher Edpodcast listener had read a National Public Radio piece on a book that argues against requiring advanced Math in school. That listener - who's studying Mathematics education - was inspired to write in and ask: Should Math be a college requirement? Does Math add significant value to a college curriculum? Can students become lifelong learners without taking Math? KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore those questions in this episode of Higher Ed.

Ed's a mathematician, so you know it's going to be a lively discussion about the role and utility of Math in college curricula. But you might be surprised to hear whether or not he thinks it ought to be required. Click here to listen to that discussion and to get the newest puzzler. Be warned: you may need a little of that algebra you learned in school to solve it.

This episode was recorded on March 28, 2016.

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Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.