Before a student leaves elementary school, he or she has been introduced to all of the math that will be needed to learn pre-algebra, a relatively new course. Yes, in grades one through six, students will have dabbled in the math that drives them insane from middle school through college.

**Algebra** is disguised as solving for unknown quantities displayed as blank lines or spaces in simple math problems, e.g., 1 + 2 = __ or 5 – ? = 2.

**Geometry** covers shapes, figures, their characteristics, and possibilities. Many ways to say square, rectangle, or four-sided are learned, and perimeter, area, and volume appear.

**Trigonometry** is everything you could want to know about triangles, including finding missing sides, values, and angles.

S**tatistics **is simply stated as an average, mean, median, mode, or range. The infamous phrase “grading on a curve” is derived from it.

As a society, math is our weakest subject. Yet technology, engineering, and sciences are math-based. Isn’t it funny how the “money jobs” require math knowledge? In addition, technological advances are the pet of younger generations. Maybe they are better at math than previously thought.

Using the true names of the math taught in elementary school—while it’s being learned–will lead to less faltering and low self-esteem as students progress in math.