My son’s in his first year of high school right now and it’s actually been a really tough year for him, and for all of us. In elementary school he was such a happy student. But in Grade 7 something happened. I don’t know if there were some lessons that he didn’t understand or if it had to do with something else. All I know is that around that time, it was clear that my son wasn’t enjoying school like he had before.
The recent controversy over teaching common core math has revived the discussion of math as it relates to other subjects. There is no denying the foundational role of mathematics in education. By its very nature, math begins with fixed principles and empirical data upon which fields based on quantity, structure, space, and change can be applied. It is the most elemental of school topics, and its comprehension does strengthen learning in other subjects. Let’s examine ways that proficiency in math can enhance performance in other disciplines: