“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but, rather those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
The most frequent word one hears today in all education and business circles is STEM. We need to educate all students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in order to be competitive in the 21st century global economy.
The importance of a solid mathematics education goes much beyond the current conversation of improved proficiency on test scores.
A solid foundation in mathematics and science develops and hones the skills of posing hypotheses, designing experiments and controls, analyzing data, recognizing patterns, seeking evidence, conclusions and proof, solving problems and seeking absolutes, while being open to new information.
Studying mathematics not only will develop more engineers and scientists, but also produce more citizens who can learn and think creatively and critically, no matter their career fields. The workforce of tomorrow, in all fields, will demand it.
If we believe that the objective of a quality education for our children is to develop the skills associated with learning and thinking, we need to do much more. New and innovative learning programs need to be implemented, integrating available technology to stimulate students’ creativity, imagination and confidence. They need more hands-on and effortful learning in order to spark their curiosity and enjoyment of learning
Math is a subject that contains concepts that are of little to no use in daily life but develop skills that are used near about 90–95% of daily life. It’s not how efficiently and quickly we can integrate or differentiate a given variable function, it’s about how fast and quick our brain is to recognize a puzzle and come up with a unique way of solving it. Each and every question in mathematics is a puzzle and each one has it’s own solution. That is why we are told from std 1 itself not to rote learn mathematics but rather to practice a variety of questions. One misconception that students generally have is that the reason we should practice a variety of questions is that so we know each and every type of question that can asked from a certain concept or topic, sometimes even teachers say that. But that is entirely incorrect. The correct reason is that we are not practicing a variety of questions, rather we are trying to practice a variety of solutions. We are training our frontal lobes to come up with correct and efficient ways of solving any problem.
Mathematics is actually a tool that builds up our brain to face the daily life problems. It’s like the pre-workout warm-up. It doesn’t necessarily help build up our muscle density but it is what makes our body ready to endure what follows in the next 1–2 hours. Many people don’t know this but mathematics and gaming often go hand in hand. People who are good in math often are great gamers. myself am very good at both games and math as well. Math is a tool that helps us fight daily life problems. That’s about it. You are never going to need algebra or calculus in life.