My observations during the last 100 days before election- huge following and huge hatred on both sides. But what has given rise to a person to win a party ticket just based on 10 word sentences with no complexity? Because his followers, love things simple. They refuse to see facts and are terrified of numbers. Put a graph in front of their faces and they glaze over.
My husband ran a math Olympiad team at school and it cost 10$/year. Out of 20 , 18 were of Asian and Indian origin and the other two were east European immigrants. I volunteered for the school's science Olympiad team. Very few kids of parents who have been living in this country for generations. When I ask the 20 something coworker in the office who is taking evening classes to finish her degree- she says "I will take math last as my core requirement as math is hard."
And then the whole concept of "when will I need such hard math in my day to day life?"
This fear of understanding data and analyzing it has created true fans of people who use big words in their opinions with no facts to support them.
For the economy to work, you need math. For making things in this country at a cheaper rate, you need math. For understanding global warming , you need math. If you want to create a pipeline for cheap oil, you need math. Heck for building the Noah's ark as an exhibit, they needed math. For running profitable businesses, you need math.
Facts are facts. They cannot be your facts or my facts and they cannot be different. To understand facts , you need to understand and analyze information and data. And you need to understand some math to do the same. Just spewing opinion and calling them facts is not the right thing to do and also not the right thing to follow.
We wouldn't have an Italian professor booted out of a plane if the lady sitting next to him would understand that he was working on mathematical equations and not writing a foreign language.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson says we need education for better candidates to run this country. Because if you oust an ignorant candidate another one will spout if the supporters are not educated.