Do all kids battle with Mathematics or just the ones I know?
I recall being at high school and switching from Maths to Business Economics(B.E.) Back then Maths Literature wasn’t a subject. I secretly changed my subject to B.E without my parents knowing. I knew I would never manage Maths and didn’t see the logic in doing a subject that I wouldn’t need for my career path.
I suppose this is what I teach my kids as well. Their father, who is not from the world of Arts, has a very different view on this whole Maths thing. He believes that by having Maths as a subject you are keeping your options open. I personally don’t know what options if you continuously failing the subject and it makes you miserable every time you look at the cover of your book.
If Maths is not a subject that you will need in to your tertiary years, then I don’t see the logic in doing it at high school.
So this is my take on the big picture. We are pressured at schools to do Maths regardless of what you plan on doing in the future. Parents are taught to believe that if their kids don’t do Maths they are not the brightest sparks. When schools have subject choice evenings, sadly the focus is only on Maths and Science and I would like to challenge schools who do this.
The world is made up of all sorts. Not only doctors and lawyers, although in our country these professions are considered elitist.
I wonder how boring our lives would be if we didn’t have the radio DJ who lifted our spirits in the morning before we got to work by playing the music that we enjoyed. What about the historians who write about all the stupid things we do in this life so no one repeats it 500 years from now. Or the priest or shopkeeper. We all have a function but Maths does not define who we are as people.
Kids are led to believe that if they don’t do Maths they are lesser beings or that their chances of a successful future is very slim.
I just wish we could stop brainwashing our kids with this rubbish.
Think about this….How many of you reading this are doing what you always set out to do? How many of you are living your dream? Did you do Maths? Did it determine how happy or successful you are?
Maths may not be everyone’s forte but it doesn’t make you less of a person by not doing it. There is a whole world to explore…..don’t let Maths dictate whether you get to see that world or not.
Please share your thoughts….