I was trying to gauge how useful mathematical education in school really is, or will be in students’ professional lives. So I came up with a survey question:
Will you use mathematics beyond grade 8 in your professional life?
YES – 13
NO – 20
DON’T KNOW – 10
PARTIALLY* – 2
*These two only saw it as useful for the one tiny fraction on statistics, rather than the trigonometry or calculus that forms the bulk of advanced mathematics in school.
What about you?