Math Challenge

Is your child planning to drop Math?

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The decision-makers of a student’s life are the two years of high school. What students study, how they study, to what extent they succeed in it, their future would shape depending on all of this. Even parents tend to remain curious whether their child will opt for Science, Arts or Commerce. But to know if their child will drop math or not is the bigger question.

Highlighting a few pointers before proceeding-

  1. The roots of Math originated in India, way before 1000 B.C. Today, India does not even rank in the top 70 countries in International Comparison of Math, Reading and Sciences.
  2. If you Google “math in Indian education system” sitting anywhere in India, the majority results are stories about international students from the U.S., Canada and other European countries.
  3. Instead of proposing a creative way of teaching, New York professor Andrew Hacker suggests that Algebra should be dropped from the U.S. school curriculum. It’s like quitting before even facing the problem.

So before someone worries that, ‘’Sharma Ji’s son opted for Science and mine did not even get Math”, a bigger picture needs to be focused on.

Math – A choice or an option?

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When non-math students apply in college there are certain courses, which they cannot opt for being a non-math student. A friend of mine could not opt for a Economics Honours in Delhi University (DU) because she decided to drop math after 10th grade.

The reason why my friend and other students like her drop math in high school is because they have the option to drop math. They consider math as an option that can be dropped and not a choice that should be made. The reason why DU and other Universities make math compulsory for certain courses is because they know how important it is to know and understand the skill. I personally feel that math is a beautiful language that makes communication with the world better. We can say that as a math enthusiast it is easy for me to say this. But the point is, if I can love math and make it my choice then anybody can.

Do children know why they need math?

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Every parent and teacher should know what their kids and students like. Children should be clear about what they do and why they do, specially when it comes to solving questions. An interesting article on World War II caught my attention. It said that the allied power used Bayesian Statistics to determine the strength of German forces. What an interesting way of using math in real life, but thankfully there are no literal war anymore.

Teachers as well as parents become hyper excited when their kids graduate from 10th grade. They start dreaming about kids becoming doctors, engineers, chartered accountant or lawyer. What they fail to understand is a simple fact that this excitement should be throughout and not just pump up all of a sudden after 15 years. This leads students to eventually drop math. So, expose kids to the vastness of knowledge right from the start. Math is not a religion to be followed only on auspicious days. It needs to be practised throughout like a sport, which is fun and exciting. Math is a way of life, not a way of getting 100% marks.

Are the efforts enough to make students NOT drop math?

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Recently I read an article about this school having 700 students and only 2 teachers. I mean it was appalling! But the point is that we might feel that we are putting in enough efforts but the reality is something totally different. To give a very basic example, let’s say you create big beautiful bundles of flowers to try and feed a lion. Of course it won’t respond to your efforts. People unaware of a lion’s royalty might think the lion is at fault, because they see you work. But the truth is that the lion needs something else, something different from what you are giving.

Basically, the concept of teaching is not about creating dummies out of students with the same approach for all. It is about creating a system that is flexible enough to transform depending upon the different needs of different students. Moreover, asking questions is always very helpful. This way the students would even think about the answers in a creative way.

So why not become a part of an initiative that strengthens the root of math in India? Why not excel in the field of math to such an extent that the top 10 results on Google are only about Indians? Why not think about a creative alternative to teach math so that young kids learn how to face a problem and not ditch it.

If you are thinking about it, Cuemath is the first and the best option, which is why CNBC has featured us.

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Cuemath is proud to have taken this initiative and help kids become smarter. Now imagine, your child could be brighter than Aryabhatta and Ramanujan combined, but you just don’t know it yet. Once you do know it, you would be proud too.

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Aishwarya Sinha Ray

Aishwarya is a math expert and works with the Curriculum team at Cuemath. She believes in bringing out the "why" of every simple mathematical concept that we have learnt. Her articles focus on basic math and she makes them interesting by including simple puzzles and fun facts. Follow her articles to understand how passionate she is about making math interesting for us.