Essay about Math is the Universal Language

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Every semester throngs of incoming freshmen howl out their earsplitting lamentation: “This is so stupid! Why do I have to take algebra classes? I am not going to use any kind of math in my profession!” What these arriving freshmen do not understand is that math is a skill that is used every day in all professions in some form or another. Understanding and being able to function mathematically is a fundamental building block of a well-rounded education. However, disabilities related to math and numbers can hinder students who are affected. Courses such as algebra provide an opportunity for students to build confidence in their abilities and may lead to jobs with greater financial benefit. For these reasons, it is important …show more content…
Because the symptoms of learning disabilities vary a great deal from one person to another, it can be hard to pin down whether or not a person has a disability. Children may be able to speak, read, and write well, but are slow to develop counting and math problem solving skills. Also, children may have good memory for printed number words, but have difficulty reading numbers, or recalling numbers in sequence. If children have not mastered basic math skills by the time they are adults, it is impossible to jump into college level mathematics, and services should be employed to ensure success in college. Dyscalculia can be treated by modifying the way a teacher presents ideas to their student. Teachers might start with concrete examples and slowly moving on to more abstract concepts. The use of graph paper can help students organize ideas on paper, or finding different ways of presenting concepts can be helpful. For example, instead of memorizing the multiplication tables, explain that 8 * 4 = 16, so if 16 is doubled, 8 * 4 must be 32. Allowing students to ask questions without fear of being singled out or embarrassed, using estimation to aid in solving problems, and providing a quiet place to work with few distractions are also strategies to help students with dyscalculia. Another hindrance may be that many students throughout their primary education have come to believe that they are “no good” at math, or believe that math, on any

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