Friday, April 26, 2013

Together Let’s Solve This Math Problem

There’s a math problem that no one has been able to solve: Far too many students in the United States give up on math early. To them, the subject does not come easy, or they think you must have natural math ability to become really “good” at it. In contrast, students in most other countries accept that math can be challenging. They realize that motivation and perseverance is what it takes to learn difficult material.

Math skills add up to great futures. Research shows those who take challenging math courses in high school get better jobs and earn more money throughout their entire lives—regardless of family background, grades and college degrees.

American employers are demanding advanced math skills. A little over half of all U.S. occupations require a significant level of knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics and their applications. One study found that the math skills required by electricians, construction workers, upholsterers and plumbers match what’s necessary to do well in college courses.

Companies like ExxonMobil  and Texas Instruments are involved in initiatives to recruit prepared students to careers in their companies. Read more about how leading corporations are making headway at

So let’s work together to inspire more of our Mesquite ISD students in math. Let’s don’t accept it when students say they are “bad at math.” Instead, let’s ensure they do their daily homework and use all the resources available to help them improve their skills. Remember, the payoff can be incredible.

Please share positive strides in math skills in your student or math education.

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