More Australians are having to think hard about their self esteem after being exposed to math tests designed to show their aptitude, according to a new report.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducted a survey to find out how many Australians believed they were good at maths, after they were given an exam to assess their skills.
The results revealed a noticeable drop in the number of people who felt confident in their math skills after being quizzed.
In fact, just under half of Australians felt confident they were competent at their subject.
And that’s despite the fact that a significant number of the people in the survey felt confident at a similar level as the previous year.
The ABS survey also found that many of those surveyed believed that they were smart, with a third of people claiming to be good at at least some mathematical skills.
However, the survey also revealed that there were some areas where Australians were not as confident in math skills.
People with lower mathematical aptitude were also more likely to feel uncomfortable when dealing with maths tasks, with around a quarter of those who said they were not confident in mathematics saying they were uncomfortable around maths.
“It was a good reflection on the way we do things here in Australia, how we treat our children,” one respondent, who did not want to be named, told the ABC.
“A lot of us have children who are in schools who have problems with maths and math is a problem for them.
They don’t have the confidence to use maths, so it’s a problem.”
So it’s not just one thing but a lot of things about Australia that are affecting us, so I think it’s fair to say it’s affecting our whole society.
“The ABS said the results were based on a nationally representative sample of more than 18,000 Australians.
The ABC understands the findings have been welcomed by the government.
But the research also found some people were not comfortable with the maths tests.
Many people felt that it would be hard to understand the questions on the test and that they would struggle to find the answer to the question they were quizzed on.
A number of respondents also felt the tests were being used to try to judge the intelligence of students.”
“The testing is getting more and more politicised and people don’t know what to think about it. “
[Companies] can’t really do maths in the same way we can and we don’t think they are doing maths well enough.”
“The testing is getting more and more politicised and people don’t know what to think about it.
I don’t really like the way the government is handling it, I think they’ve got it backwards.”
The ABC has asked the Australian government for comment.