Today, a student told me she 'hates math.' My response to her was 'At some point, everyone use math in some way or another in their lives.' She responded back to me with 'I'm going to be a lawyer, so I only need to know the basics: add, subtract, multiply and divide.' Interestingly, too many students majoring in Criminal Justice have the same belief as the previous student: 'They don't need math to enforce the law.' Here is a humorous video showing an example of how mathematics play an important role also in the field of law and order.
Another reason to learn mathematics. Just watch the video and find out. The ramifications for learning mathematics are unknown to most of us. Complicated problems in real-life are often solved by applying mathematical concepts that for many of us at first seem to be useless. The examples in this video just prove it. Great quote in the video: 'The secret of productivity is...the work done by dead people (mathematicians).'
I believe learning mathematics is about having a postive attitude and an open mind to become aware of the mathematical events around us and the mathematical actions we do everyday. I want to help students avoid their anxieties when learning and doing this subject matter. To accomplish this, I need to connect mathematics with my students' lives.