America’s Math Problem

Whether you love it or hate it, if you’ve partaken in the American school system, there’s no doubt that you’ve studied math in a wide range of forms and subjects. From algebra to geometry to the rigor of calculus, math is something that is a part of the average student’s life from kindergarten to college. If you’re not the strongest mathematician yourself, you probably have a pretty good idea of just how frustrating the subject can be. In fact, even those who are mathematically adept may have their own bitter feelings toward the subject. The truth is, however, math is all around us, in many different aspects of our lives. Whether you’re counting your change for your morning coffee, or measuring a room to assess where your new desk should go, you’re using the mathematic basics you learned from a young age. But while it can be easy to take simple math for granted, the fact of the matter is that for many, even in developed nations, mathematical innumeracy (like illiteracy for numbers) is a real thing. In the US alone, there are 62 million people who struggle to complete basic math problems, and this issue is growing progressively worse. The following infographic takes a look at our nation’s math problems, and what we’ll need to succeed in math in the future.

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American Math Infographic

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