A mind for math

Most Canadian CPAs had above average math skills as children, our latest reader poll shows.

Remember our December 2015 feature “A Head for Numbers?” in which we pondered whether there is an accounting brain? Well, the results of our online reader poll seem to lean more toward the nature than nurture side of the equation, with the vast majority of Canadian CPAs professing a talent for math as kids. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of you describe your math skills in elementary school as above average, while just 5% say your aptitude in grade school mathematics was below average. A majority of you also report being somewhat (48%) or very (19%) interested in financial matters or business as a child/adolescent, and 45% say you had a better understanding of such topics than your peers at that age.