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The future is in the why of Math!

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22nd January 2021        

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Introduction

“As long as a skill is a WHAT skill, it will soon be made obsolete by AI.”

Our world is progressing towards Artificial Intelligence (AI), and by the time today’s children join the workforce, the jobs that require critical thinking skills and complex problem-solving skills will be of utmost value.  

Manan Khurma, founder of Cuemath, believes that math is a life skill that can help your child succeed in an AI driven future. Watch his TEDx talk on why math needs to be taught beyond the school blackboards:

“If today’s students want to compete in this global society, they must be proficient communicators, creators, critical thinkers, and collaborators (the “Four Cs”).

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What did Manan Khurma say about the 'why' of Mathematics?

Math is everywhere around us, whether we realize it or not. Every time we Google something, or order something online, or automatically get recommendations for products that we are looking for, there is Math at play behind the scenes.

Google uses algebra to rank websites based on relevance, and all ecommerce and OTT platforms employ probability and statistics. 

Math is an important life skill

It is important to realize and remember that there is much more to Math than what we learn in school. Math is more than arithmetic; it is computational thinking; it is data science. In a world that’s increasingly powered by data and artificial intelligence (AI), Math skills are more important than ever.

Every child today needs to have good, or at least reasonable, math skills to be relevant in the job landscape of the future, as many of the most valuable jobs in the coming decade will involve some level of mathematical thinking.

Math needs to be taught in the right manner

It is important that children’s exposure to math should happen right from kindergarten onward and with an approach I like to call “Math by Reasoning”.

mathematical reasoning

When math is taught visually, by distilling the core principles, it helps to establish the concept in the student’s mind, and they are then able to apply it in a new context. They see Math as a friendly, useful power and begin to love it.

Not all online classes and e-learning programs get it right

With the ongoing pandemic, parents are increasingly concerned about their children not being able to get quality education. Although online learning has become the new normal for many schools, being in an online class doesn’t mean that the child is actively learning.

Even outside school, most of the existing eLearning platforms are either free videos, or classes with thousands of students. The freedom to ask doubts in a judgement-free environment and the opportunity to practice under supervision are crucial to learning.

Math, when learned intuitively, becomes second nature

We need to steadily challenge the conventional way in which students have been taught Math and inculcate a strong base of skills such as coding, data analysis, and problem-solving, which matter in today’s world.

Our world needs inventive thinkers who will work to solve the biggest problems we face today in every sphere of life – medicine, education, sanitation, environment, economy, and others.

Why of mathematics 

Learning Math is like learning to ride a bicycle, or swimming. It might seem difficult at first; one might even fall or flounder on some occasions. But, over time, you learn to do it intuitively. 


Conclusion

Children today need to learn by reasoning, not by rote. We need to replace the blackboard way of learning with the reasoning way of learning, where knowing the WHY is more important than the WHAT.

In a Cuemath class, children think of multiplication problems as repeated addition; they are encouraged to visualize problems and inspiring more solutions to a single math problem.


About Cuemath

Cuemath, a student-friendly mathematics and coding platform, conducts regular Online Live Classes for academics and skill-development, and their Mental Math App, on both iOS and Android, is a one-stop solution for kids to develop multiple skills.Understand the Cuemath Fee structure and sign up for a free trial.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is math important in the future?

It gives us a way to understand patterns, to quantify relationships, and to predict the future. Math helps us understand the world — and we use the world to understand math. The world is interconnected.Using it, students can make sense of the world and solve complex and real problems.

Why is math the most hated subject?

Mathematics is most liked subject for only 3(6%) students and it is the hated one for 45 (88%) students. Their main reasons for hating mathematics were difficulty in understanding the subject, poor instruction and demand of more time to grasp, but even after which they easily forget what is learnt.

Do we really need math in life?

Unlike literature, history, politics and music, math has little relevance to everyday life. That courses such as "Quantitative Reasoning" improve critical thinking is an unsubstantiated myth. All the mathematics one needs in real life can be learned in early years without much fuss.


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