If you are not doing well in your career right now, let me ask you a question…

How well did you do in math in Primary School?

Israel became the youngest person in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham to Pass GCSE Maths at only 8 years old, so he seems to have a good head-start.

In a research by Tutoring Expert, they found striking and revealing answers to How Mathematical Ability Predicts Career Success.

Here’s one of the striking findings:

Of 1037 men and women (13 year olds when the research was started in 1970) 25% – 40% earned doctorate degrees compared with less than 2% of the American population.

Even more surprising is that

a study involving 16,387 children shows no correlation between behavioural problems in elementary school and subsequent scholastic achievement, but early math skills play a big role.

See the full infographic below plus a summary from theundercoverrecruiter

Breaking the curve

In the 1970’s = sample of US 13 year olds who were good at maths. Results:

  • 2.3% became top executives
  • 7572 academic articles were written by 25% of the students.

The problem

  • Children have a lack of opportunity to learn substantial mathematics.
  • Children begin with a negative trajectory towards mathematics.

Findings

  • There is predictive power in early mathematics.
  • Pre school maths knowledge predicts success in high school.
  • Mathematics predicts later reading achievement!
  • Teachers underestimate children’s ability.
  • Children with maths problems were 13% less likely to graduate from high school.
  • All students need a maths intervention.
  • 58% of adults cannot compute a 10% tip on food bills.
  • 78% of adults cannot calculate miles per gallon.

People on reddit – How children should learn math

  • Buy children lego.
  • Ask children questions that involve estimation and math.
  • Get children music lessons.
  • Teach them to play chess.
  • Let them cut the pizza.
  • Teach them Origami.
  • Buy them card game sets.

 

Math-Infographic

 

 

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