“Brian Dijkema, Program Director in Work and Economics at the think tank Cardus says both employers and colleges and universities have noticed students leaving the school system lack necessary math skills.
“Every time that you talk to an employer they say, ‘We have the people but they don’t know how to read a tape measure,” he said.
From manufacturing to the tech world, Dijkema said there’s an increase in the need for math skills at a time when the quality math instruction has been going down.
Like Di Muccio, Dijkema said the school system needs to implement a traditional curriculum to give children a basic math foundation.
“If you talk to any mathematician, they say math works on a principle of starting with one part of the scaffolding and you build on that,” Dijkema said.”