My career path doesn’t involve algebra, trigonometry, calculus, etc. Why do I have to take these classes in college?
Answer 1: The vast majority of employers want to hire college graduates with a well-rounded education that includes math, regardless of the major. This is what makes a bachelors degree different from a certificate or simply being self-taught. Employers want to hire college graduates who have demonstrated versatility and a potential to perform outside of their comfort zone. The bottom line: employers are more willing to hire college graduates and PAY them more than those that do not have a well-rounded education.
Answer 2: It is not uncommon to see players doing push-ups and sit-ups during football practice. However, you will never see a football player do a push-up or sit-up during the actual game. The push-ups and sit-ups are part of the overall strength and conditioning involved in maximizing performance during the game. Training the brain for the clutch moments in life works the same way.
The brain is much more like a muscle than some fixed organ in the body. The neural connections within the brain are constantly changing and can be trained for performance. This is why we have the ability to learn new things and forget old things during our lifetime. Studying math develops logical and critical thinking abilities of the brain. So even though your career field may not involve math, your aptitude for success in your career and personal life will hinge on how well your logical and critical thinking abilities have been trained.
Answer 3: Approximately 50% of students change majors during their college careers (US Embassy). The reasons are varied, but exposure to other subjects at the college level is one of the reasons. College math classes offer one final opportunity to explore math within a chosen major or even to consider changing majors. For those of you who are convinced that math will never be necessary for your chosen career field, please consider how math skills might set you apart in your field or provide you another perspective for “thinking outside of the box”.
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