Wow! Just wow! The temptation is to call this guy an idiot. Maybe propagandist would be better. I wouldn't hire a barista who didn't understand algebra. This guy is on the slippery slope to roman numerals and grunting as we count. Then he trows in the a novel term, "quantitative literacy". What the fluff is that?!? How is that achieved without algebra? Without algebra you cannot participate in this civilization. Already people with a poor grasp of the subject are bamboozled daily. Protect your kids. Make sure they understand at the least intermediate algebra.