“The deterioration of math skills is apparent across North American, says Brenda Smith-Chant, a psychology professor at Trent University who specializes in the development of mathematical cognition. And it’s not merely a matter of students being unable to handle trigonometry or algebra, she says. “Even basic arithmetic is throwing them, and we’re talking about adding three two-digit numbers.”
Dr. Smith-Chant says that students’ deficiency in math is affecting their course choices and educational paths. For example, many psychology students decide to leave the field because they’re put off by the requirement to take a statistics course.”
Math is everywhere. It is essential to upward educational mobility. For example:
The GMAT is required for admission to MBA programs.
The GRE is required for admission to many graduate schools.
The SAT or ACT is required for admission to many North American colleges and universities.
The GED is required to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma.
The MCAT is required for admission to most medical schools.
Real estate math skills are required to become a real estate agent in Ontario and other jurisdictions.
Police math skills are required to become a police officer.
There is only one remaining profession that doesn’t require math skills. Believe it or not, that profession is law. So, if you can’t do math then you should learn how to become a lawyer in North America. The LSAT (law school admission test) included math until the early 1980s. As a result:
- LSAT books ceased to review math
- LSAT preparation Courses have not been teaching math.
(Note that LSAT Logic Games began to appear when the math ceased to appear.)
So, the moral of the story is:
If you can’t do math, you are destined to become a lawyer!