Why should we learn maths… what’s the point?

Why should we learn maths… what’s the point?

There are so many reasons why learning maths is important.

Firstly, did you know that learning maths is actually really good for brain development? Yep. That’s right, studies have shown that learning maths can improve the development of various regions of the brain, how cool.
Second, learning maths furthers an essential life skill … problem-solving skills. That is one skill that every employer asks about, and you hear teachers talk about. Problem-solving skills are so important not only in a careers aspect, but also in day to day life, and maths is super important in developing that skill.

Maths prepares our minds for encountering real-life problems. Maths allows us to break things down and to think analytically and critically. Think about when you solve a maths equation. You have to think through it systemically and think about which process or method you are going to undertake to solve the equation; it really gets you thinking about how you will solve the problem. Problem-solving in maths provides the basis to develop essential life problem-solving skill. It teaches you to think about the knowns and unknowns in the situation, break things down and take it step by step, and think about all the possible solutions.

Now think about all the real-world applications. Think about taking your dog to the veterinarian with a poorly tummy… the veterinarian needs to look at the problem, and step by step, think about what is wrong with the dog before providing possible solutions. Think about working with technology, and imagine a computer crashes. The worker needs to use their problem-solving skills to figure out why the computer has crashed and think about what they can do to fix it. There are so many real-world applications that require the systematic problem-solving skills we learn during our maths classes. These will continue to become important no matter what career path you choose in life. Problem-solving skills are one of the most desired and important skills that employers look for in candidates, and maths is the class to help you excel in this skill.

Maths makes our lives easier

But the basic mathematical skills we learn, can provide us with knowledge which makes our lives easier. We use maths to tell the time, work out our finances, and follow a baking recipe. We are surrounded by maths all the time, and it is important we understand it. Maths is a universal language. Think about it… if you travel to Italy on holiday and pick up a menu to order dinner, you may not understand the words, but you will understand the numbers. Unlike English, maths doesn’t need translating and can be understood by all different cultures. The language and alphabet may change from country to country… but you know what doesn’t change? Maths. And how cool is that? You could be on the other side of the planet, and they will know that 1 + 1 = 2.

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