Looking through this list, it becomes apparent very quickly that the highest paid members of society have to be numerate.
1. Head of a major organisation
There is a great deal of statistical analysis required here for producing and understanding reports. Basic numeracy skills are needed to consider budgets, priorities, staff costs, rates, etc. A degree in Economics would be a common stepping stone to this job, which contains a great deal of maths work.
2. Medical Practictioner
Very strong maths qualifications are required to gain a place on the courses that lead to these jobs e.g. a degree in Medicine. There is also a great deal of mathematical work on these courses.
3. Senior National Government Official
Similar to the head of an organisation, there is a great deal of business management knowledge required here – Economics degrees are common.
4. Airline Pilot
To gain entry into pilot Training Programmes, candidates need to pass an exam which demonstrates strong maths skills.
5. Dental Practitioner
Similar to a degree in Medicine, a degree in Dentistry requires strong maths skills.
At the other end of the scale, the worst paid jobs were also detailed:
A new City & Guilds report shows that while teenagers recognise that maths can be useful in real life, they feel that the maths taught at school can be irrelevant to their needs
A recent study connects numeracy skills to economic success. This won’t surprise many people, but it is important to spread this message, if only to counter the “cool” vibe that sometimes exists around being weak at maths.
A recent study links success at school with the amount of effort children put into homework, as well as how much they enjoy school.
This doesn’t surprise me. Sometimes I think there are unrealistic expectations of what a child can achieve solely in the classroom environment. As adults, we know that (within reason) the more effort we put into something, the better we get at it – this is easy to see in sports such as football, when learning a musical instrument, or learning any new skill.
At school, students are learning several different subjects each day, and in each of these subjects, there is a significant amount of information being added onto what has been learned in previous weeks, months and years.
This much information is hard to digest, and it is too easy for understanding to fade before it has had a chance to really sink in.
Stepping away from the classroom environment and putting in some time each evening to have another look at what was learned at school gives each child another chance to absorb the new information.
Trying to apply the new knowledge through homework assignments is the best way to gain reassurance that there were no misunderstandings, or gaps in understanding, before attempting to build on it in the lessons that follow.
See the original article in The Guardian. http://gu.com/p/36g7a