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The importance of mathematics at school
 
Mathematics is an exact science. It is a science of numbers. The facts present themselves and there is little room for argument or dispute. Great explorations, inventions and designs have been successfully realized through the field of mathematics.

However, great mathematicians are born and not taught. Not everyone has the aptitude to become one, but everyone is given an opportunity to study mathematics at school. Some can only work through the basic principles of this, whilst others may have more ability and are able to develop theories in advanced mathematics. Large numbers and strings of figures may scare and confound many people. From a young formative age, students are offered the challenges and are encouraged to progress along through the various levels of the subject. Those with a gift and show promise of great insights into the world of numbers advance into further, applied and advanced mathematics and eventually undertake to study it at university.

Whether it is at general or advanced level, mathematics has a fundamental importance in our lives. It develops logical thought, giving us the ability to reason things out. We apply it in our everyday living, from simple sums at the market to calculating quantities for cooking and baking. It is used in computing and crunching numbers and figures in finance and banking as in civil construction and architecture, shipping, aeronautics or in a playing field during a game. Mathematics is very much a part of our lives.

Before the age of technology, all sums and figures were done manually using books, instruments and simple mental calculations and results were not as precise or accurate. Schools ensured that students learnt all rules and tables by rote and emphasis was on the mental abilities of the student. However, with new age technology and computer, electronic calculators have made it easier and we now do not put as much importance on memorizing multiplication tables and simple arithmetic. Rather, emphasis has now changed to the abilities to work scientific calculators and understanding the methodology of deducing the answer to a mathematical problem. More complex calculations can now be worked out and a more accurate answer achieved. Unfortunately, with advancement in such technology, it has made people lazy and dependent more and more on these devices. For those with a love of the subject, it has made it more interesting and exciting as they are able to achieve their goal of final deductions quickly. In some ways, the result of such advancement is that those with lesser aptitude for the subject will be left behind, puzzled by the conundrum of numbers.

Educationalists are becoming more aware of this and are streaming students of mixed abilities to encourage better understanding of the basics and fundamentals of numbers and mathematics. We know that the study and understanding of mathematics will always be a part of our lives.

     
aptitude   talent
     
confound   stun
     
conundrum   puzzle
 
 

 

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