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What does the average citizen need maths for?

I had a conventional education. In school and later at other educational institutions I was always just mediocre - but I became excellent at this - and as the years went buy I asked myself why the educational systems around the world seem to be promoting the same subjects.

WHY?

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I can understand that people, especially those who spent long years learning maths, are very passionate about the subject. Yet I am still not convinced that the actual outcome justifies the effort and, in some cases, pain associated with this subject. There seems to be widespread reluctance to even contemplate any alternatives, which reinforces my suspicion that most people are indoctrinated in believing that there is no good education without maths. I think the understanding of certain principles is far more important than an intricate knowledge of mathematics.... But this is just my opinion. Thanks to all the participants in this minor debate.

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  • Jan 22 2013: Two basic reasons why everyone should learn math.

    First, to learn how the universe works.

    Second, to understand how others understand how the universe works.

    Math is a powerful tool. If you do not know math, you not only deprive yourself of a tool, but you will not understand how others are gaining advantage by using it. When you understand statistics others cannot use statistics to fool you.
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      Jan 22 2013: With all due respect understanding the physics of the universe does not necessarily equate to understanding society which, in my opinion, is far more important.
      • Jan 23 2013: I was referring to the entire universe. Society is part of that universe, and so are you and me.

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