But maths makes a unique and particularly valuable contribution to general education, in that it is the only field in which muddled or simply erroneous thinking is clearly exposed for what it is. The student is able to get feedback on the soundness of his or her problem-solving efforts in a way that cannot be provided in other fields.
In my experience, most people are significantly handicapped by deficient problem-solving skills and also by gross ignorance of probability, statistics and mechanics (which is not about grease and car wheels).
If everyone studied maths till leaving school, then 'arts' specialists could be more competent and perhaps less arrogant.
ROBIN P. M. CLARKE
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