The vision statement of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford challenges schools to foster a culture of excellence through critical thinking, innovative and rigorous curriculum standards, a global perspective, and an emphasis on moral education, community and service. The discipline of mathematics is key to the achievement of that vision. The study of mathematics is the study of relationships, structure, and problem solving. Through math, students learn about patterns, chance, form, algorithms and change. They learn to observe, predict, analyze, and solve problems related to routine daily tasks.
Students learn to be creative and collaborative in problem solving. Significant moral decisions require the techniques of problem solving learned in a strong mathematics curriculum. By its nature, mathematics promotes logical and abstract thinking. The methodical approach needed to reach conclusions fosters the self-discipline necessary to solve simple and complex exercises. Knowledge of mathematical processes and skills are the tools needed to solve problems and construct valid arguments in other disciplines. Mathematics serves as a tool in both the natural and social sciences and stands as a logical foundation for the consideration of moral and ethical issues by Catholic Christian thinkers.
Modern technology requires varying forms of mathematical thought from all who use and create it. Mathematics can be appreciated in its purest form as an abstract art with order and pattern serving to reveal the beauty of God’s creation. Most significant of all, the importance of mathematics instruction and learning lies in the universality of its problem solving applications to everyday life.
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