In today’s digitally driven world, we must prepare our children for future careers in mathematics-based professions. Skills like software development and programming can lead to greater job prospects. However, the United States currently ranks 28th out of a list of 50 countries when it comes to programming skills. How can we improve our baseline skillset as a nation?
Boosting early-education math skills is crucial to improving our global skill ranking. One new tool is making this more possible than ever: the Math Arrow. The Math Arrow stands apart from conventional counting systems that rely solely on a one to ten or zero to infinity model of teaching numbers. Instead, the Math Arrow offers a simple yet multi-layered way of understanding number relationships.
Children can use language, shapes, colors and lines to detect patterns and connections. Such a nuanced approach to math fluency helps the lessons sink in on more levels than traditional math tools have allowed. Amazingly, studies showed that just one hour of learning time with Math Arrow app “Kyle Counts” improved math scores by up to 11%.
Perhaps it’s time to rethink our existing math paradigms and approach mathematics on the level of holistic learning—using a wider variation of tools (i.e., sound, color, shapes, etc.) to enhance children’s learning experience. If the existing study results are any indication, we could radically improve our kids’ future job prospects and economic opportunities with this simple shift.