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Many people today feel as though the mathematics that they learn in school is too complicated or rigid, making it difficult to understand or apply. This is because in many cases, the math we learn at school is incomplete, or even false. This “math” is passed on from generation to generation, with no real research or fact-checking. Because of this, many misconceptions about math have arisen.
One of the biggest misconceptions about mathematics is that it is a set of fixed rules and equations that have always been the same. In reality, mathematics is ever-changing, constantly evolving as we learn more and make more discoveries. For example, zero was only added to the mix of numbers over 700 years ago in India. The terms “imaginary number” and “infinity” were both introduced within the last 200 years and the research and discoveries of modern-day mathematicians are still being worked on to reach a larger understanding and scope of math.
Another myth of math is that it consists of a large variety of calculations that become more complex as you advance. This is far from accurate as math can present itself in many different forms, from linear equations to curve fitting and even abstract equations. Many of these equations can be employed to draw conclusions or solve real-world problems, such as solving for the area of a circle or calculating compound interest for investments. We can also look at math on a more creative level and see it as an art form or creative outlet based off of the logical and problem-solving elements of the subject.
A lot of the math that is taught in schools today is from a “one-size-fits-all” approach that is meant to prepare student for more advanced math, regardless of the individual’s interests or aptitudes. This means that the math being taught is usually general knowledge and concepts, rather than being tailored to the individual student. This approach can make it difficult for some students to engage with the material and learn effectively.
Overall, it is important to know and understand that the math we learn in school is not the end-all-be-all of mathematics. There is still much to explore, discover, and understand. Mathematics is a subject that is intended to be adapted and adapted to the individual, not just to be an unchangeable set of rules and equations. By embracing the ever-changing nature of mathematics, students can come to appreciate and better understand this wonderful subject.