The Fundamental language of Mathematics

analytical Essay
1140 words
1140 words

Today, you will have done a mathematical calculation. You might not have realised it, but you did. Whether it was how many more minutes in bed you could have before you had to get up, or whether it was how much water to put in the kettle for your morning cup of coffee. Mathematics is a fundamental language that everyone needs to be able to speak in order to survive today: nowhere in life can it be avoided; without maths, we would be lost: living in chaos. Because of this, maths should play a larger part in the Scottish secondary curriculum, up until the point where pupils have the opportunity to leave school. This would ensure that the future generations must be equipped with the essential skills required to function in contemporary society, based upon mathematics.

Studying mathematics gives students, not only knowledge about formulas and skills such as addition, but much more than that. Math teaches students how to think logically. Problem solving skills; the methodical, analytical, and through mind; the structured approach to finding solutions – these are all skills learnt which allow humans to face situations in a tactical, and more often than not, successful, way. The deductive logic and emotionless thinking that mathematics develops can be used in any way, in any situation. Your mind does not follow formulae, or work in numbers. It’s not a computer. That is the difference. It works out trajectories, volumes, probabilities and risks approximately. It does everything roughly, with an ‘ish’ answer result. Decisions are made as an educated guess, no numbers, and nothing written down.

The one requirement for successful decision making is logic. You can way up the pros, the cons, the possibilities, and the likelihoods. Choosing t...

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In this essay, the author

  • Opines that mathematics is a fundamental language that everyone needs to be able to speak in order to survive today.
  • Explains that mathematics teaches students how to think logically, methodical, analytical, and through mind, which allows humans to face situations in a tactical, successful, way.
  • Explains that logic is a requirement for successful decision-making, and that it stems from teachings provided throughout your education career, specifically from the framework of maths.
  • Explains that creative thinking stems from the creative side of the brain, but it requires a systematic approach to dismiss ludicrous ideas and choose the one that will project your message the best.
  • Analyzes the need for more competent programmers in the computer industry explosion, and the lack of basic numeracy skills in secondary school graduates.
  • Opines that the current scottish curriculum should reflect this, with a regrettable reduction in mandatory periods for creative subjects such as english, music, art and drama.
  • Argues that computers can improve spelling, punctuation, grammar, and entire writing style. the digital age has revolutionized english and will continue to do so.
  • Argues that mathematics' mandatory minimum study level should be in correlation to its requirement in life and the world's technological advances, which are on the increase. employers want a higher level of maths in school leavers and post-graduate, technological pioneers of this age.
  • Explains that logical thinking is like a tree full of fruits. the war-of-logic-vs-creativity article is available at
  • Opines that poor standards of english and maths among school-leavers could hinder growth of cbi-edi.
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