As in previous years, the Department of Education (DepEd) once again failed to set aside a specific week or month for the exclusive celebration of mathematics. This is based on the list of activities detailed in DepEd’s school calendar for the current school year 2017-2018.
Despite the lack of an official theme from DepEd, math teachers in elementary and secondary schools nationwide can consider using the theme developed by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for the 2017 Mathematics Awareness Month which is simply “Mathematics and Statistics.”
The AMS explained that it is a deliberate choice on their part to highlight the two disciplines rather than focus on a specific topic within those fields. In the Philippines, schools are expected to celebrate Mathematics Month come January 2018.
“Both subjects play a significant role in addressing many real-world problems — internet security,
sustainability, disease, climate change, the data deluge, and much more,” AMS said.
“Research in these and other areas is ongoing, revealing new results and applications every day in fields such as medicine, manufacturing, energy, biotechnology, and business. Mathematics and statistics are important drivers of innovation in our technological world, in which new systems and methodologies continue to become more complex,” the group elaborated.
For Filipino educators, they can perhaps use this opportunity to highlight the contributions of mathematics in various other fields such as science, economics, population studies, public health, education, among others. After all, fear of mathematics remain a common attitude among Filipino students regardless of socio-economic background.