Math - Calculus
Calculus may not be a “very useful” kind of mathematics according to most students. To many of them, it’s a total pain in the neck. More so, they wonder why they have to study it in the first place. They just don’t see the real-life everyday applications of calculus in the world outside the classroom.
However, there is another point in studying calculus. It’s not about memorizing formulas or knowing how to do integrals and derivatives. Rather, it’s about the rigors of solving equations. It’s more about training students’ minds to approach problem-solving. These skills can carry over into other areas of life, even those parts that are totally unrelated to mathematics.
If students are trained in problem-solving regularly, they will also develop a good deal of patience. Solving calculus problems tends to take a lot of time and effort – more than basic mathematics and algebra. With that, students also learn to exercise more determination in solving problems. If students are patient and determined, they will bring those character traits well into adulthood. They will perform better in the careers they will pursue in the future.
Problem-solving skills come at a premium these days. Lots of companies look for this characteristic in their prospective employees. This is especially true for managerial positions and other top brass jobs. Anything that has to do with a big responsibility usually benefits quite a lot from creative problem-solving skills. Managing projects, hiring people, leading teams, and creating new products and services require this skill set. People that have this are the perfect fit for these kinds of jobs, and because of these skills, they get paid more.
So, even if calculus seems like such a pain to students, it’s not really useless. The subject indirectly gives them a set of skills they can certainly use in real life.