Why I love maths! Dispassionate, Complex and Disruptive.
James Hatch - GM+IC Coordinator

Maths is a tremendous and untapped space wherein true global mindedness and intercultural competencies (GM+IC) occur. At its core, Math aspires to universality while holding to central proofs.

Maths is a tremendous and untapped space wherein true global mindedness and intercultural competencies (GM+IC) occur. At its core, Math aspires to universality while holding to central proofs. Maths teaches us that for any problem, there are multiple ways of addressing it. Through a universal language, maths takes the messy reality we function within and unpacks it using standardised, agreed-upon values - we call these numbers. 

Using these values, it “does the maths” without emotion (in theory, at least!) to see if that interpretation is viable now and in the future. In other words, it de-clutters complexity and, through a dispassionate methodology, comes to a verifiable conclusion that others can test without being “othered” in the process.

Maths is mental punk rock - at its core, it is disruptive and asks questions other disciplines may not. 

A case in point is a recent review of how one government handled the Covid-19 pandemic. The report found that a dire lack of understanding of statistics at the highest levels of decision-making, resulted in ineffective lock-down practices. Simply put, not knowing maths resulted in decisions which cost lives and livelihoods. So Math is a cornerstone of GM+IC; it can make you a better citizen, make better personal choices and may even save lives! Who would have thought that?
 

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As part of their exit from the CAS program, every senior recently sat with their Advisor and the CAS Coordinator for an informal 15-minute chat known as the final interview. Most students were ready to be done with CAS, relieved that they had passed another milestone in their school journey (not just done with CAS, they are also done with the Core!), but still reminisced on the highlights and lowlights of the journey.