Is mathematics becoming too difficult in school or are kids in the US not caring about it?
I suspect it varies a lot. I believe it can become much more
difficult and consequently become more interesting as well. I'm
speaking as a mathematician. :)
We spend five or six hears teaching nothing more than basic
math, four functions, some rudimentary fractions and geometry, then
a couple of years doing just basic algebra. I've always felt this
is too little too slowly. Algebra is the reading equivalent of Dr.
If you can get kids doing interesting algebra problems, I think
there would be more interest in math. There is nothing special
about calculus that a high school kid can't grasp, but by the time
they are in high school, they are convinced that math is hard.
Math is fun. Girls can like it, too. My wife also has a degree
Mathematics is no more difficult than it used to be, but the
interest in learning it in the United States has fallen off
considerably. The emphasis on sports in the American culture has
lead to a decline in interest in science and mathematics. Even
though only a few hundred people will be able to play professional
sports in the United States in any given year, millions of children
dream of becoming sports stars.
Mathematics is the mother of all the science, commerce, and arts
subjects. So it is very important for the kids to learn
mathematics. If the kids in the US are not caring about it then
they are in great trouble because we have to use mathematics in our
day to day life. Take this statistic for example. China is training
some 300,000 or so engineers every year, while the U.S., only has a
pitiful 60,000. True, China may have the edge in population, but
the U.S., should have an upper edge over them with all the money we
have to fund education. For example when buying something we have
to use mathematics regarding the cost and the return that you will
It's part of a general decline in standards in schools and
universities in most of the English-speaking countries.
Incidentally, I share the concerns expressed about the obsession
with sport. It's almost become a disease.
I'd add that it's also important that voters in democratic
countries should have a basic knowledge of statistics.
For some, math can become a bit difficult, and then stop caring
for it. For others, they could just not care about their grades and
such. Both vary.
I am a sixth grader from a I.B Magnet School. I really like
math(I know Algebra(My dad is a professor.)) Kids still like
Math(Math and Science are my favorite subjects.) Math is just
challenging. My dad is teaching my brother Algebra(He's in first
grade.) He actually enjoys it.