Last week I had a math student ask me if any of this math is ever used in the real world. I told him math equations are used to figure out purchasing, in building, advertising on computers,etc. Most people think of math as a subject that must be endured in school with no real world application. In reality math is used in every aspect of life. In a world that is becoming evermore dependent on technology, people with mathematical skills will be needed more.

Math is not just about computations, though. It is about a thought process that can recognize patterns and find multiple solutions to problems. We can take logical reasoning and apply it all areas of life. Math is also vital to science, art and music.

The article below is very insightful on the importance of math education.

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