As a math teacher I am always asked, "Why do we need to know this?" I usually respond with a general answer of, "So you can A) get a good grade on the assignment/assessment, B) pass this class, and C) so you can graduate high school."
You can probably tell that really inspires them and they get to work.
So I ask you, loyal readers, to post a comment about how you use math in your daily life and at work. I get that many of you don't use the quadratic equation, but even how basic math skills come into play in your day would be helpful.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated as I try to motivate my students to learn.