Here's a fun game for a Monday afternoon: Come up with your best explanation for the results of this Gallup poll!
Others might disagree, but I found it surprising that Americans think math is the most valuable school subject, and it got me wondering why. (By the way, a quick Google search reminded me that math is also one of the more popular subjects with students.)
Here are two ideas I jotted down (after discussing with some colleagues):
- Maybe people see math as a hard subject. And if it's so hard, it must be valuable, right?
- Maybe people see a clearer link between math and careers (engineering? medicine? architecture?), and not as clear a link with other subjects like history or foreign languages.
Am I way off?? What's your theory?