Saturday, February 11, 2012

Math in the UK

Is math (or maths, as the brits would say) falling out of fashion in the UK? So says a recent report.

There are few better investments one can make in one's youth than learning lots of math. Perhaps the most important benefit that I received in college from majoring in both economics and computer science was that computer science required math through numerical analysis, while economics, at the time, required only one quarter of college calculus. I would never have survived the first year in the Chicago economics program  (nor, probably, would I have been given the opportunity to try) without the extra math.

The trick, of course, is making the point about the importance of math as a parent without simply causing rebellion and the opposite of the behavior one intends to promote.

Hat tip: Charlie Brown

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