- Among the key school subjects, math causes the most strain and anxiety. Earlier studies have shown that math anxiety is linked with bad math performance, math avoidance and many other negative attitudes about this matter, the undesirable effects of a culture that considers mathematics as difficult or worthless.
- As today’s economy becomes more and more knowledge based, people are becoming increasingly reliant on their capacity to understand numbers. The need for math literacy (or numeracy) has never been greater; it is practically a matter of survival for everybody to have, at the very least, a basic understanding of math.
Allegory of Arithmetic, by Laurent de La Hyre (Wikimedia Commons)