“[I]t has been well demonstrated that children who do not acquire number sense early in their mathematics education struggle throughout their entire subsequent school and college years, and generally find themselves cut off from any career that requires some mathematical ability”. — Keith Devlin, Stanford Mathematician
With technology changing, tomorrow’s job market will be dramatically different than today’s. High tech careers, which demand excellent STEM skills, will grow exponentially and many jobs that don’t require a college education will be exported to lower wage countries – or replaced by new inventions. Already college graduates enjoy a lower rate of unemployment and higher wage growth than those with a high school diploma, according to a recent Georgetown University report.
So, how do parents make sure their child is primed for success in the STEM-oriented job market they will ultimately face after graduation?
Part of developing a strong background in STEM will involve a good foundation in math. Studies show that children who fall behind in the early grades tend to stay behind in high school. A good grounding in math requires excellent number sense. In fact, current US Common Core standards for math emphasize number sense as a fundamental goal.