Did you know that April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month? If not, you’re not alone. Much to my surprise, when I polled my friends, some of whom are math teachers, they didn’t know either. But they definitely knew about Read Across America Day on March 2nd.
Why is that? Why is it that everything and anything related to literacy is highly publicized? Is it okay that we, as a society, continue to downplay the importance of mathematics by not saying or doing anything? But for the most part, society, it seems, is okay with ignoring mathematics, both the study of and interest in, on a regular basis.
President Ronald Reagan thought otherwise. In 1986, knowing there was a need to increase an interest, understanding, and appreciation for mathematics, as well as the careers that called for mathematical knowledge, he established Mathematics Awareness Week. Then in 1999, Senators Flynn, Gibbs, and Breen introduced a senate resolution proclaiming April as Mathematics Awareness Month. Statistics was added in 2017 to raise interest in both fields, including the study and relevance of both in our daily lives.
It’s Math Month states that 50%-80% of Americans suffer from some sort of math anxiety. Let’s change this. Let’s start our little ones off with a love for mathematics so that it becomes something they enjoy, something they seek out in their world, and something they desire to know more about.
I created a calendar for you to use this month with math activities to do with your students or at home with your children, grandkids, nieces, nephews, or your friend’s children.
How will you celebrate and embrace mathematics this month?
For additional ideas revisit our Early Math team’s blog posts at: https://www.aimsedu.org/category/aims-center/numword-seq-counting/
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