Soon or later, every student will pick up that heavy dreaded math book. If you open the book, then page thru your eyes squint at all those symbols, which do not make much sense. You holler at the teacher, “Why do we need to learn this – we will never use this in real life”. Unfortunately, most people believe they will not use the math they learn in school will be applied in real life.

The reasoning is somewhat true however; the reason has nothing to do with mathematics. It is how the education system develops your mathematical skills. We will show how math is unfairly taught in our education system and leave it to you to decide. We will contrast how reading and writing is taught to how mathematics is taught.

First, let us investigate how we develop reading and writing skills. When we first learn to read and write, we first learn the alphabet then the basic spelling of words. The following years we are taught how to combine these words into sentences. Later we perform writing assignments by reading a book then write a paper about the story we read. We may even have a writing assignment to write about what we did this summer. The point is we start out small, building new skills each year how to broaden our reading and writing skills. Moreover, we learn many different styles of writing and forms of writing. We learn by example from others. We have an abundant of resources like the dictionary, thesaurus, along with others who wrote on the topics to refer too and to aid us.

Now consider the learning of mathematics; we start with a math book or sheets of paper with math tables. Later we use these tables to learn basic math operations. The next year the math book is a little thicker and reviews the basic math skills then adds a few more math operations. Still thicker math book the following years, each year including more math symbols and related operations. Until we get to the college level math book that we can use as a boat anchor with still even more symbols and operations. Notice! When we are learning math, we really have one textbook. To learn how to read and write we use a board spectrum of books, authors, and sources. In Mathematics, essentially we use one book, after that we add pages from grade school to college.

Imagine if the only book we have in an English course from grade school to college was the dictionary. Each year you went to school to learn how to read and write and the only book to learn from was the dictionary. How would you apply reading and writing to your everyday studies? You would be at a disadvantage. Likewise for mathematics. Now write a math problem you did this summer.

Some people believe that we do not need to know math because it is not applied where you work or play. That is where you are wrong. If people only knew, how much they are being screwed over, because the lack of a mathematical understanding, everyone would be incredibly very upset. Have you gone to a bank lately? Do you even know how the banking system works? Have you considered taxes? The government is very happy you believe you never need to know math. Math is the tool to determine deceit to see if things ‘add’ up. And don’t even get me started on economics.

Most people believe math is about those numbers and symbols on the pages. Nope! Mathematics is about concepts and the rules to join concepts together. Apples and oranges? That is addition. What rule can you think of for Multiplication?

If you truly what to improve your worldly awareness take an hour or so of your time to improve your mathematic skills. Go to Khan Academy – it is a good start. Below are a few concepts in mathematics to consider.

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