Math is hard. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. However, the outcomes of those who understand the importance of not only math, but education itself, are incredible.
Mathematics isn’t just a long list of random formulas that someone invented out of nowhere. Math works because it’s true – there is a reason for every step, every rule, and every part of every formula.
A lot of where schools fail in teaching the importance of math, and this is because they simply teach memorization. This seems to have improved in recent years; however, in many districts, it still lingers. Instead of just memorizing a list of formulas, its more important to teach kids where they came from, why they work, and what they mean to expand their knowledge in mathematics.
By expanding their curiosity, students can understand the importance of it as well.
One of the biggest arguments that students say against learning math is the statement, “When will I ever use this?”
This argument is valid in a sense; however, every career, even life itself, use math in some way.
Sure, most jobs won’t use extensive calculus, but some level of mathematics will be used.
The argument stated above by most students is usually from a closed mind. In math, almost everything you learn is useful, even if you can’t see it right away.
All the formulas, theorems, ideas, proofs, and problems you study in high school and college are connected to a lot of real-world applications, even if you don’t see them now.
Even if you don’t think you will ever use the specific thing you are studying, they help develop your mind and make it easier for you to solve other problems later – the problems you will really care about.
It’s like boxing: training programs often involve jumping rope. A boxer might complain, “When am I ever going to use this? I’m never going to jump rope in a match.” However, jumping rope makes them better boxers, even though they never actually jump rope while fighting.
The math you are learning is useful; but even if you never use it in your daily life yet, it makes you smarter. That is the most important reason to study it.
Math is extremely useful, but it is also beautiful. It connects a lot of different ideas into one.
It explains important things that cannot be understood in any other way. When you finally get it, it is exciting to see how things fit together, why things work, and how it all makes sense; you can enjoy the experience of opening your mind.
As in most everything, the people who are most successful in math are the ones who work the hardest – not those with “natural talent.”
In school, those who work harder get better grades in math than the “smart” students who just coast. Most aspects of mathematics can only be learned by hard practice. This holds true whether you want to develop your problem-solving abilities or your computational skills.
No one thinks they can run a marathon by using only their natural talent, but there are lots of people with no talent for running who have worked hard and completed many.
I think that this skewed idea of “natural talent” is what veers some away from math and diving deeper into it. Some may simply give up thinking it was too hard or they didn’t have the “talent.”
While math may be quite a difficult subject to some, the benefits of learning it are immense.
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