“Good numeracy is the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health.” (OECD)
We use maths in every aspect of our lives at work and in practical everyday activities at home and beyond. We use maths when we go shopping or plan a holiday, decide on a mortgage or decorate a room. Good numeracy is essential to us as parents helping our children learn, as patients understanding health information, as citizens making sense of statistics and economic news. Decisions in life are so often based on numerical information: to make the best choices, we need to be numerate.
High numeracy is connected to better…
Research from a review of adult up-skilling in numeracy by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has demonstrated that improving numeracy directly contributes to growth in personal and social confidence
The digital age
The digital age presents us with more numerical data than ever before and puts a new premium on numeracy skills.
Computers can do the mathematical processing for us, but we need good numeracy in order to use them effectively – to enter the right data and decide whether the answer seems approximately right.
Right now around 90% of new graduate jobs require a high level of digital skills (Race Online 2012), and digital skills are built on numeracy.
“Maths is absolutely crucial for your everyday life and international research tells us that good numeracy is the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health.” (Mike Ellicock, chief executive of the charity National Numeracy)
(Article Source: National Numeracy)