The ever-growing problem of people entering the work-force, and adult life in general, with poor maths skills is a problem for society as well as for individuals. We need to find a solution.
Personally, I think the first step is to change the general attitude towards maths. This is more difficult to do when our children are confronted with a media that has thrived without sound maths skills. Maths-centric careers just don’t tend to get the spotlight in terms of media attention.
I love the work being done by Dara O’Briain, Marcus Du Sautoy, Simon Singh, Brian Cox, Matt Parker and many, many more, to demonstrate the fun and intrigue in maths for everyone. Long may they continue.
Making maths compulsory until the age of 18 is a small part of the solution. What is more important is to engage with people, of all ages, and help them to understand how good maths skills can directly improve their quality of life.