We use maths everyday, in almost everything we do. Without maths we would find it very difficult to:
Maths allows us to solve problems that involve space (eg parking a car), measurement (eg calculating how much carpet to order for that renovation) and number (calculating the change so we don't get ripped off).
In the past, learning Maths was based very much on a textbook approach where the teacher explained how the solve a problem and then set exercises to be completed.
The "problems" were rows of sums with no context or relevance. The student mastered the technique by doing it over and over again until they got the right answer.