Some problems in school Mathematics education
Arithmetic is the most useful and omnipresent part of math and expectedly, since the beginning of math education in schools, it occupied the centrestage. However, like the major changes observed in all spheres of life and all domains of knowledge, math is also calling for a subtle shift. The ubiquitous rise of computational power, from generic to specific (e.g., statistical tools), has reduced the daily-life applications of math, as we know it; good knowledge of arithmetic is not as valuable as it used to be.
However, what math is still valuable in daily-life is the ‘mathematical thinking’, the logical thinking and reasoning ability that helps in stating any situation in mathematical terms. For instance, to express the taxi fare in terms of base fare and per-km ride fare, mathematical expression is the best option. In fact, many situations are best expressed mathematically, rather than in a language we normally speak in.