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WHO USES MATH AT WORK?

The education bill that Gov. Rick Scott signed this week creates a "merit" high school diploma to prepare students not bound for college to enter the workforce with marketable skills. It allows them to substitute industry-certification courses for more traditional math classes. Who is likeliest to use advanced math on the job? Upper-level blue collar workers. The Atlantic says this "hints at an argument for more high-level vocational programs: It might help if students actually knew that those boring equations really one day would earn them a paycheck."Read the full study "What Do People Do at Work?" by professor Michael J. Handel at tinyurl.com/tbtimes-mathstudy, and read The Atlantic's summary of the findings at tinyurl.com/tbtimes-atlanticmath. Here's a breakdown of jobs categories:

Upper-level white collar: management, technical and professional occupations - Low-level white collar, for example, clerical and sales workers - Upper-level blue collar, such as craft and repair workers like skilled construction trades and mechanics - Lower-level blue collar, such as factory workers and truck drivers - Service, for example, food service workers and janitors

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