Recently I was a bit disappointed by the closure as off-topic various questions on teaching and applications of mathematics, e.g. today: this question on why the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra is not taught in high-school, and this question on the applications of complex numbers. Math.SE is supposed to be a general purpose site to handle questions about all aspects of mathematics. We do have members here who enjoy answering such questions and who possess the expertise to do so. To properly answer such questions does require significant mathematical expertise. As such, this is currently the best SE site to handle such questions.
I suspect that some of those who voted to close as off-topic these and similar questions may have chosen "off-topic" for lack of a better choice. I think one should choose "off-topic" only for topics where there is a clear community consensus that such topics are considered to be off-topic, so that one doesn't relay false impresssion of community standards to newcomers. If memory serves correct, there is no concensus here that such topics are off-topic.
Are there any compelling reasons why we should exclude questions on topics like those above? If the site was overloaded by such questions then we might have to draw some sharp boundaries to keep the site more focused. But such questions are so rare that I don't think that is anything to worry about currently. Even on analogous general level math sites (e.g. sci.math) such questions are relatively rare. I see no reason to believe that it would be much different here. Thoughts?