NCTM Speaks on Importance of Mathematics

November 12, 2018

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) - https://www.nctm.org/

Excerpt taken from https://www.nctm.org/uploadedFiles/Standards_and_Positions/Focus_in_High_School_Mathematics/FHSM_Students_Guide.pdf 

Why a strong background in mathematics is important for high school students: 

    Having a strong background in mathematics prepares high school students for success, regardless of what they aspire to do in the future.  Success in mathematics opens doors, putting high school graduates in the best position to perform well in college, trade school, employment, or the military.

     Mathematics is central to many scientific and technical careers and increasingly important in a wide range of areas as diverse as finance, sports journalism, and computer graphics. The Internet has catalyzed an explosion of new careers in mathematics and statistics for those who have the skills to analyze and harness the huge amount of data at people’s fingertips.

       Moreover, all students need a solid background in mathematics to become effective citizens who can make informed and reasoned decisions about personal finances, public policies that deserve support, and cost-effective insurance or health plans.  An inadequate preparation in mathematics often rules out certain careers or forces students who want to pursue them to complete years of make-up work. Insufficient understanding may also make it easier for others to take advantage of them in their personal lives.

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