The Math Problem

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The Math Problem

Mrs. Amy Vaughan teaches math during fourth quarter.

Mrs. Amy Vaughan teaches math during fourth quarter.

Mrs. Amy Vaughan teaches math during fourth quarter.

Mrs. Amy Vaughan teaches math during fourth quarter.

Collin Morrison

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Math is important in everyday life, but after a certain level will math help you in everyday life? You use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division every day, but when was the last time you used algebra, slope, or even geometry?

In school, math is taught from preschool to college. It is good to have a solid base in math and to start early. While young, you learn the basics of math and continue through elementary. In middle school you start more advanced math and even do the basics of algebra. Once you are in high school, you start to do more and more advanced  math.

This advanced math, even though is based on things in the real world, have little use in the actual world for most people. Unless your goal is to become an engineer or another job that requires a lot of math, you will not need to know that high level of math.

Lizzie Smith(10) says how she doesn’t need to know that high of a level of math.

“I don’t want to become an engineer,” Smith said.

Many people believe that doing that high of a level of math is next to useless for a lot of people. If the goal of school is to prepare you for life, then why learn things you will never use in your life.

Math is a good thing in general, but like all things too much of a good thing is a bad thing.

School should help you learn how to do things such as balancing a checkbook or doing taxes. Why waste your time on high levels of geometry and algebra when you know you will need to know how to do taxes and checkbooks?

Miah Monger (11) worries about not knowing how to use a checkbook.

“I don’t know how to use a checkbook, and I’m going to college in a year,” Monger said.

It would be in the students’ and society’s best interest to learns things that apply to the real world rather than things that most people will never do past school.

Michael Pynn tells how he wants to learn things that has value in the real life.

“We should learn things that apply to the real world,” Pynn said.

All in all, math should be taught in all schools ,but we should reconsider to what level. Math that has to do with things you’d actually do in real life should be implemented more in today’s classrooms. Hopefully Bishop Kelley will take this into consideration.

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