The mathematics discipline usually strikes fear into the hearts of most students and working-age adults in the U.S. A Google Scholar search of the terms “mathematics,” “students,” and “fear” returned 237,000 academic publications offering commentary on the subject; it is therefore not a stretch to assume that ‘math anxiety’ may be partially to blame for statistics such as the U.S. ranking 31st out of 35 OECD countries in mathematics, a position that has remained mostly stable since 2003 per the OECD’s 2015 Program for International Student Assessment student survey. The same survey revealed that 29 percent of 15-year-old students in the U.S. “were unable to attain Level 2 mathematics proficiency.” In other words, nearly 1 in 3 students cannot demonstrate basic abilities in formulating, applying, and interpreting mathematical concepts. A sobering one-third of our students are unable to speak the new language of the digital workplace: mathematical literacy.
Mathematical literacy in the workplace involves communicating in a language that blends formal and informal mathematics and mathematical reasoning. Put simply, this form of literacy includes translating mathematical concepts and knowledge into plain-language insights, solutions, or products for employers or clients, which carries significant implications for our overall approach to education and workforce training.
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