THE FEAR OF MATHEMATICS
Mathematics is often called the "queen of the sciences. It is a crucially important tool in the study of other scientific disciplines, in addition to being a science in its own right. Its value to scientific accomplishment is as innumerable as it is invaluable. Regarded as the nucleus of the science world itself, most celebrated scientific achievements could hardly have had a jumpstart without the guiding precepts of the basic modules of arithmetic. Most careers in Universities and colleges of education in the country increasingly require mathematics as a prerequisite. Mathematics is being used in the study of problems in an increasing number of areas like biotechnology, data communications, environmental toxicology, medical imaging, transportation scheduling, and financial risk management. The phobia for the disciple in high school has been recurring through time. It has endured an unhealthy acuity mainly in the mind of the lower level academic. Most students do not know how much the use of mathematics affects them, both now and in the future. Irrespective of gender, the scare of poor performance plagues parents as their wards grapple this non-avoidable subject. Most times the child that starts abhor mathematics would find no point of attraction with the class or the teacher. The result? Truancy sets in. This psyche can be corrected.
This piece focuses on factors that contribute to uneasy anxiety and abysmal performance in mathematics and by extension general academic performance. Starting from the home distractions, I would rather disasters, like TV, computers and leisure games, rob kids of the time to revise or conclude assignments from school. Left uncontrolled, kids spend endless hours glued to screens with keyboards, joystick and game pads in their hands in place of pens. Also, increased work-hours and choked weekend schedules have left parents all-in, with little quality time to their wards. Monitoring of their academics...
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