The United States has a deficit in the abilities of its citizens to comprehend mathematics, as compared with similar countries. Many people experience math anxiety, and in turn hate mathematics and shy away from it at all costs. Problems with the current curriculum and teaching styles in schools limit students from being successful in mathematics. Improving mathematical ability will not only lessen anxiety, but will improve society as a whole. Mathematics is crucial to survival in modern day society. It is important that the issue of the overall low level of mathematical proficiency in the U.S. be solved. This paper discusses the misunderstanding of mathematics, what affects math ability, problems with learning math, differences in math education in other countries, and ways in which the ability of the population can be improved in the future.
"Improvirg Mathematical Ability in the United States,"
Augsburg Honors Review: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
Available at: https://idun.augsburg.edu/honors_review/vol5/iss1/2