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Why maths is so important?

Math importance

**Why is Math so
important?**

Probably it is used in
so many other subjects. There are uses of mathematics in all the
"hard" sciences, such as biology, chemistry, and physics; the
"soft" sciences, such as economics, psychology, and sociology;
engineering fields, such as civil, mechanical, and industrial engineering; and
technological fields such as computers, rockets, and communications.
There are even uses in the arts, such as sculpture, drawing, and music.
In addition, anything which uses a computer uses mathematics, and you probably
are aware of how many things that is!

Furthermore, learning
mathematics forces one to learn how to think very logically and to solve
problems using that skill. It also teaches one to be precise in thoughts
and words. Math teaches life skills. It is difficult to find any
area of life that isn't touched by mathematics. We are surrounded by
math, and also surrounded by people who do know math. If you don't know
what's going on, you are at their mercy.

In 1970, only nine percent of all jobs in the
U.S. were considered technical. As the world’s reliance on technology has
grown, so too has the demand for people who can think in the abstract terms of
math and science and, today, technical jobs make up nearly one-third of all
employment opportunities. Schools have tried to keep pace with the demands of
an increasingly competitive technological world by stiffening their mathematics
requirements and invoking a system of high-stakes testing, resulting in a widening
disparity between those who learn math with relative ease and those who
struggle with math disabilities.

While it is true that people can still succeed
without achieving advanced competency in math, a deficiency in certain basic
math skills dramatically limits a child’s opportunities. The following
statistics suggest why and underscore the importance of early recognition:

·
In the 1950s and 1960s, the United
States, pushed by the space race with the Soviets, introduced “new math,” a
movement away from everyday problem-solving toward a focus on abstract
structures, patterns, and relationships.

·
In the early 1980s, schools raised
graduation requirements for math and introduced minimum competency testing in
response to a government report on the state of education titled “A Nation at
Risk.”

·
In the late 1980s, the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics revised content and methods standards for
the teaching of mathematics. At the same time, standards-based tests with
rigorous math sections were included as part of the graduation requirements in
many schools.

·
While tougher graduation
requirements in mathematics have had a generally positive effect — improving
overall math proficiency in the U.S. — many students are failing to graduate or
go on to college because of them. This can have a profound effect on a young
person’s future. For example, in 1997, the typical college graduate’s income
was 73 percent higher, on average, than that of the typical high school
graduate.

In
today's world, we are bombarded with data that must be absorbed, sorted,
organized, and used to make decisions. The underpinnings of everyday life, such
as making purchases, choosing insurance or health plans, and planning for
retirement, all require mathematical competence. Business and industry need
workers who can solve real-world problems, explain their thinking to others,
identify and analyze trends in data, and use modern technology.

Recent data from
the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reveal that more students must pursue
mathematical and technical occupations. Employment projections to 2010 expect
these occupations to add the most jobs and grow the fastest among the eight
professional and related occupational subgroups. But will enough qualified
workers be available to fill the projected 2 million positions? Sixty percent
of all new jobs in the early twenty-first century will require skills that are
possessed by only 20 percent of the current workforce (National Commission on
Mathematics and Science for the Twenty-first Century 2000). Whatever your child
chooses to do in life, you can be certain that having a strong understanding of
mathematics will open doors to a productive future.

Today's
students must master advanced skills in mathematics, science, and technology to
stay on track for college and for promising careers. Mathematics teaches ways
of thinking that are essential to work and civic life.

- Students who take algebra and
geometry go on to college at much higher rates than those who do not (83%
vs. 36%).
- Most four-year colleges require
three to four years each of high school math and science for admission.
- Almost 90% of all new jobs
require math skills beyond the high school level.
- Entry-level automobile workers
must use advanced mathematics formulas to wire a car's electrical
circuits.
- Strong math skills are needed
for understanding graphs, charts, and opinion polls in a newspaper, for
calculating house and car payments, and for choosing a long-distance
telephone service.

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