The world of work requires mathematical knowledge to maintain productivity and economic viability. The demands of citizenship require a mathematically literate population able to respond intelligently as problem solvers. Mathematics is part of the culture in which we live and an appreciation of that culture helps enhance the quality of life for all citizens. The impact of technology in the form of calculators and computers has made mathematics more important than ever and finally accessible to all.
In light of this, students must have a basic understanding of mathematical concepts to be successful. They need to develop sound reasoning ability. Reasoning is the road to knowledge and mathematics is the key to reasoning. Reaching a logical conclusion involves creative thought, analysis and critical judgment. In addition, our students must be able to transfer skills from other academic areas to communicate mathematical ideas and solutions effectively in both oral and written form. It is the power, the beauty, and the excitement of mathematics that we want our students to experience.
"I hear, and I forget; I see, and I remember; I do, and I understand."