I've mentioned in other posts how un-mathy I am. I studied it through college level, even received my share of A's in the subject, but I've never considered myself a math person. I am an interpreter. I am a translator. I like to read and write. I live and breathe words, not numbers. That said, I use math every day and as an adult I'm learning to love it in a way I didn't imagine possible when I was in school.
My children, on the other hand, love, love, love math. That is a sweet victory. The fact that they are actually very strong in math is just the cherry on top. I still won't commit to a nature versus nurture argument on this one, but I do know I have worked diligently to let them formulate personal attitudes towards math. In fact, they started Kumon in kindergarten precisely because I wanted them to have a positive experience with math. I didn't want any of my unmathiness wearing off on them.
Lately, I find it so exciting to learn all the wonderful applications of mathematics. I'm talking really important, exciting stuff too. The cure for cancer, the war on terrorism, fighting crime and now even fighting fires are the work of mathematicians. How cool is that? Answer: Very Cool!
Building a strong foundation in mathematics, becoming fluent in the language of numbers, and solving complex equations with confidence is the stuff dreams are made of. It's really that amazing. The way I look at it, math means opportunity. Math equals choices. Many of those choices will require the premium math ticket. My kids are happily collecting a whole lot of math tickets these days. They'll be ready to hop onboard to the destination of their choosing when they decide they want to.
You just can't put a price on that.