WHEREAS, Math is defined as "the study of number, form, arrangement, and associated relationships, using rigorously defined literal, numerical, and operational symbols"; and
WHEREAS, Mathematics as a language of the Universe illustrates the myriad ways in which mathematics affects the world around us. Math is a holistic system of ideas related within topics, among topics and across disciplines; and
WHEREAS, Math is integrally related to problem solving in real-life situations, and as one comes to understand mathematics, one becomes a better problem solver, the beauty and power of mathematics becomes more apparent; and
WHEREAS, Teachers of mathematics provide an environment which encourages the use of thought-provoking questions, speculations, investigations and explorations, and provide opportunities for student connections to language and symbolism of mathematics; and
WHEREAS, Students have the opportunity to see schools as places where important mathematical ideas are used to explore interesting and relevant problems; and
WHEREAS, The ability to construct meaning, connect ideas, transfer skills to new situations and view old situations in new ways are important attributes that mathematically literate students must possess; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby proclaim April 30, 1997 as Rhode Island Math Day.