Why mathematics is a necessary skill in life?

Sun, 01 Nov, 2020 by Kunal

Maths is a universal language that can conclusively and precisely convey the message. It is an essential skill to have and I can't stress this enough. Can you imagine going to a store and getting stuff but not knowing how much to pay? Not being able to handle the small denominations or not be able to count how much it adds up to. Isn't it important? Let's not just look at it from a monetary perspective. Most of the subjects have elements of math in them. Be it physics, chemistry, maths, or even the humanities (some people believe that maths are not required for this field). Learning it makes everyday jobs simpler and a habit actually rather than a chore.

This subject's fundamentals are taught to children from a tender age, right from kindergarten if not earlier.

Let's list out some of the reasons for learning mathematics:

  1. Our daily life runs on quantities, measurements, and numbers. Mathematics teaches us to measure an object in length and width. Through mathematical skills, we count money, days, dates, and years. To know what is shorter, longer, and heavier or lighter, we need basic knowledge of maths.

  2. It teaches logical and critical thinking. It teaches about logic and order and helps develop a discipline of mind that can easily be applied in different domains of life. Understanding maths demonstrates a strong ability to think. This is the reason why it forms such a critical aspect of all kinds of competitions.

  3. Maths gives definite answers. There is no scope for subjectivity. It is objective. 2+2 is 4 regardless of region, language and any boundary which divides. It just requires practice.

  4. It encourages accuracy and attention to detail. Imagine doing a project on, say, for example, you have to make a solar system model. Can it be done without the knowledge of maths, of spheres, radius, area at the very least? If not paid attention to it, the whole model may look lopsided where Mercury is the same size as Jupiter and Earth are marginally small. Paying attention to details is what drives excellence and is critical to success.

  5. An essential life skill that one should have. As mentioned above, the 'shopping' experience, other tasks of life also become quite difficult without understanding maths. Like for example, the simple activity of ordering online, calculating test scores, paying bills, etc. Maths help simplify life as we know it.

  6. Handling money and also making it through investments and other avenues. One can also multiply money by investing it and for this purpose calculating interest rates, return, income tax, etc., is crucial. Thus maths helps us simplify such a decision based on science.

  7. Geometry is a branch of Mathematics that teaches us the measurement of patterns and shapes. We learn about their symmetry, position, weight, and area. It helps us in the future to manage space with multiple objects. We can systematically put all items in a given room if we know the principles of geometry.

  8. Through game-based learning in school, a child becomes better at classification. This classification helps later in sorting similar stuff from the different ones. We all need to differentiate between things and keep a record of them.

It can be as simple as how many pairs of jeans you own and how many pairs of pants? So that you know which one to buy next!

  1. Maths develop analytical and critical thinking ability. The importance of mathematics for students is increasing with time as they will need to reach a lot of practical conclusions in the future. You can weigh the various permutations and combinations to get a result if you can carry out calculations in your head.

  2. There are various occasions where you need to interpret data, graphs, diagrams, and tables in your professional life. These skills are taught at the primary level Maths for kids. Enhancing the skill of data analysis over time provides you with many direct and indirect benefits.

All the developments we see around the world have their basis somewhere in maths. Even nature follows mathematic principles. Our forearms and hand's length are in a ratio of phi, also known as the divine or golden ratio. Now having established how maths is essential, let's focus on how to learn it.

It is preferred to start learning it from an early age. It forms the basis of most of the subjects and without actually knowing it, it's just rote learning which is not very rewarding in the long run. Learning is fun and the more you learn is, the more you love it.

Learning maths gets easier with practice and PlanetSpark has actually incorporated the lessons in an activity-based, scientific methodology where learning is fun. Its partner aims to bring the best in your child and make this subject a friend to your child rather than something which terrifies them. Maths is easy and like a game.

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