How
come the math my child brings home doesn't
look like the math I remember?
If you don't
recognize the math in your child's homework, think about
how the world has changed since you were in school. The math
looks different because the world is different.
Advances in science, technology, information processing
and communication, combined with the changing workplace,
make it necessary for all students to learn more math.
The basics are changing. Arithmetic skills, although important,
are no longer enough. To succeed in tomorrow's world, students
must understand algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability.
Business and industry demand workers who can

solve real world problems

explain their thinking to others

identify and analyze trends from data, and

use modern technology.
The mathematics students do in middle school should prepare
them for the new basic skills necessary for their futures.
Instead of worksheets, your child may bring home problems
to investigate that are related to real lifeinvestigating
salaries, life expectancy, and fair decisions, for example.
Giving students opportunities to learn real math maximizes
their future options.
Check with your school to make sure the math your child
is learning today is the math they need for tomorrow's world. After
all, the future is closer than it may appear.
