During April's Math Awareness Month, math education is in the spotlight

There's no shortage of advocacy for STEM education, and math remains one of the most in-demand skills in college and the workforce.

But math also becomes challenging to teach and learn, and many students--especially girls--lose interest in mathematics beginning in middle schools.

In an effort to keep mathematics instruction fun and engaging, here are six math facts from Cengage Learning.

1. Eight of the top 10 jobs today require mathematics, technology, or science.

2. Just 44 percent of 2013 U.S. high school graduates were ready for college-level math.

3. Almost 70 percent of...

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