The study and mastery of Mathematics has been recognized as essential to success in college and in the world of work. Mathematician John Allen Paulos writes,
"As a mathematician, I'm often challenged to come up with compelling reasons to study mathematics. If the questioner is serious, I reply that there are three reasons or, more accurately, three broad classes of reasons to study mathematics. Only the first and most basic class is practical. It pertains to job skills and the needs of science and technology. The second concerns the understandings that are essential to an informed and effective citizenry.
The last class of reasons involves considerations of curiosity,
beauty, playfulness, perhaps even transcendence and wisdom."