### Australia is failing at math and needs to find a new formula to arrest the decline

Divide, subtract, add, multiply: whatever way you cut it, Australia is heading in one direction when it comes to global math rankings—downwards.

Divide, subtract, add, multiply: whatever way you cut it, Australia is heading in one direction when it comes to global math rankings—downwards.

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Recently published U.K. government plans proposed that by 2030, 90% of children leaving primary school in England should reach the expected standards in reading, writing and math, compared with 65% in 2019.

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"From my own knowledge of these things, physics is not something that girls tend to fancy. They don't want to do it … There's a lot of hard math in there that I think that they would rather not do," Katharine Birbalsingh, ...

Education

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As educators and industry mull strategies for attracting more young adults to math-oriented professions, a new study in the journal Child Development suggests that children's early experiences doing math homework and activities ...

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For most of us, when we make major career choices, we tend to lean into what we're good at. According to new findings from the University of California San Diego's Rady School of Management, such skills may develop early ...

Education

Apr 19, 2022

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A recent Oregon State University study analyzing the impact of a shorter school week for high schools found that 11th-grade students participating in a four-day week performed worse on standardized math tests than students ...

Education

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Your grade school math teacher probably told you that being good at math would be very important to your grownup self. But maybe the younger you didn't believe that at the time. A lot of research, though, has shown that your ...

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The key to improving young children's vocabulary and math skills may lie in changing their parents' beliefs. We describe these findings in an article published in October 2021 in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature ...

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Following her triumph in the recent US Open tennis tournament, Emma Raducanu was interviewed by Chinese media outlet CGTN and revealed that maths was her favorite subject at school. Raducanu told the interviewer she was ...

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My son's kindergarten teachers, holding class on Zoom last year, instructed: "Eyes watching, ears listening, voices quiet, bodies still." However, I noticed my 6-year-old's hands would stay busy with items found around our ...

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**Mathematics** is the science and study of quantity, structure, space, and change. Mathematicians seek out patterns, formulate new conjectures, and establish truth by rigorous deduction from appropriately chosen axioms and definitions.

There is debate over whether mathematical objects such as numbers and points really exist or whether they are manmade. The mathematician Benjamin Peirce called mathematics "the science that draws necessary conclusions". Albert Einstein, on the other hand, stated that "as far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."

Through the use of abstraction and logical reasoning, mathematics evolved from counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Practical mathematics has been a human activity for as far back as written records go (see: History of Mathematics). Rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclid's *Elements*. Mathematics continued to develop, in fitful bursts, until the Renaissance, when mathematical innovations interacted with new scientific discoveries, leading to an acceleration in research that continues to the present day.

Today, mathematics is used throughout the world as an essential tool in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine, and the social sciences. Applied mathematics, the branch of mathematics concerned with application of mathematical knowledge to other fields, inspires and makes use of new mathematical discoveries and sometimes leads to the development of entirely new disciplines. Mathematicians also engage in pure mathematics, or mathematics for its own sake, without having any application in mind, although practical applications for what began as pure mathematics are often discovered later.

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