Funny you should ask!!!
I told my 21 yr old last night that how they are being tought now in school about maths, to me is very weird?
I asked him could I teach him how they did it back in the 60's.
I could 'hear' him rolling his eyes, no need to see!
''Oh yes Mum if you must was the reply''...with which I said 'well make it soon'' or you could miss out.(By the time he is ready I will be long gone).
I Love numbers, and was good at school with math.....So I told him, well I will teach my grand-kids, if he doesn't want to learn.Young people who serve at the checkout, can not use their heads to add up.They need a calculator.
We didn't have calculators when I was their age?..we had to rely on the grey matter.
Basic numeracy is VERY important and the foundation to all other maths. Maths is very important in life from reading knitting patterns to building things. Many jobs rely on maths.
I often see 'check out chicks' with no clue what change to give you at the till unless it's on a screen. It's important if you are working with money. Or even just to check you are getting the right change in a shop. I taught my daughter to be quick with numbers by teaching her card games like cribbage and talking money when I used to run market stalls.
No I think my strengths lie in other areas. I'm numerate and I was taught to do mental arithmetic rather than rely on calculators but more than that I wouldn't say I'm good with numbers....I think you know when this is your talent. I dislike sudoku and numbers based puzzles and I have trouble remembering phone numbers.
Numbers and I don't get on at all. I quite like them if they are large and have a dollar sign in front but even then I don't want to add or subtract them. I refuse to try Suduko in spite of everyone telling me its about patterns ... Yes but its patterns of NUMBERS! No thanks.