The assumption that we all need to take higher math is wrong. For those who love math, go ahead and wallow in the numbers! For most of us, though, arithmetic, thinking logically and reasoning is what we need most.
Based on math teachers' lectures on TED talks, taking Calculus and Trigonometry is practical for professions who put it to use--like engineers and technicians. The rest of us will remember just enough to pass the class or get through the SAT.
To keep math relevant and interesting, Nate and I are working through this book:
After most of these problems, he pronounced them "fun" and "cool." It doesn't take long to work through each dilemma, and the stories have a sense of exaggerated danger that boys love.