steve posted recently about this topic. it's worth a read if you've ever wondered about math education.
steve is my in-home expert on all things mathematical and many things about teaching and education. he knows a thing or two about this, and being the father of two young children, he has a vested interest in guiding and nurturing their learning.
is algebra necessary? yes and no.
i am happyer at home because, even though we are miles apart, the kids and i have a father and husband who is deeply involved in our daily lives.