It is sometimes difficult for students to appreciate the importance of mathematics. They often find the subject boring and hard to understand. It is not uncommon for many students to ask their math teacher why learning math is important.
Parents attitudes, whether it be positive or negative can also influence their children’s attitudes towards math and ultimately their performance. It is important to encourage your child to excel in math, as they will function better in society and have better opportunities in securing a rewarding career.
In this article we will discuss the importance of math in everyday life and what it teaches. We will also explore why companies like to hire students with good math skills and increasing the likelihood of securing scholarships.
Let’s begin our discussion on how understanding math fits into everyday life.
It is difficult to live and function in society without a good set of basic math skills. In early elementary grades students learn about counting money and progress to calculating percentages and fractions. These skills are necessary in order to follow a recipe, evaluate whether or not an item on clearance is a good deal and to manage a budget to name a few. Students proficient at math will be able to buy a car without getting taken for a ride.
Logic and Critical Thinking
Math teaches logical reasoning, order and quantitative calculations. A mathematical equation has a predictable outcome and precise steps must be followed in order to reach that result. The disciplines that math teaches can carry over into everyday life. Here are just some of the important skills students learn in their math courses:
- Problem solving skills
- Ability to see relationships
- Logic and critical thinking skills
- The ability to identify and analyze patterns
Companies realize the importance of math and will hire math majors based on the presumption that students who are good at math have learned how to think. Math can also provide a means through which critical thinking skills are put into practice and refined. For example, when they are required to explain how they arrived at a solution to a complex problem or to describe the ideas behind a formula or procedure.
Education and Career
Entry-level jobs in fields seemingly unrelated to mathematics require math skills. Cashiers must be able to count money accurately or a customer service representative may need to discuss a discrepancy in a customer’s bill. Students skilled in math and want a college degree will find that high paying careers such as engineering, medicine and research now become available to them.
Even students not interested in these careers must have highly developed math skills. This is typically a requirement to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in most colleges or universities. Students who have better math skills than their peers are more likely to obtain scholarships based on their performance on assessment tests such as the SAT and ACT.
A good math teacher should incorporate techniques that are designed to demonstrate the relevancy of math and how it may apply to their future careers in their lessons. Math teachers should provide realistic examples explaining the rationale behind the concept they are teaching. This will avoid students from repeatedly asking why math is important and may make math more interesting to learn.
We have covered just a few reasons why math is important from a practical view. Obviously, there are other reasons, but the focus of this article is to get students at an early age interested in math and the opportunities available to them by learning math.
We hope you found this article informative and wish the best to your child’s success.
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