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To begin with, mathematics accompanies a child throughout all his school and student life.

The article says that only 36% of students have no difficulty with math. This even though standards are constantly being reviewed and reduced.

Here is what google gives for “most failed college courses”. Algebra comes first.

It turns out that mathematics is the MOST COMPLEX subject both at school and in college (plus it not a selective subject).

Therefore, the life of a child who does not have problems with mathematics is much easier.

What to do to avoid such problems?

Preventive measures work great – it’s much easier (and is right) to give your child a strong mathematical base in the beginning than try to close knowledge gaps later.

Many parents say that they do not use math in their life at all, so, what is the reason to torture children? Moreover, these people believe that mathematics is limited by the ability to solve various kinds of problems.

Should disappoint all these parents – you are mistaken. Mathematics is a way of thinking, and solving problems are the bonus of knowing math. Every day, without noticing this, you use the skills that you got from math lessons.

What kind of skills?
  • The ability to generalize and draw conclusions;
  • The ability to foresee a complicated situation and not be late for the plane because you are stuck in traffic;
  • The ability to analyze the situation and get out of it with the least losses (or, ideally, with profit).

Indeed, in order to master those kinds of skills you need to practice (in mathematics we use problems for that).

What do you think about math? Should math stay a compulsory subject? Or should we make it selective?


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