In 2016, we created history when students across the country appearing for the CBSE Class 12 math exams were reduced to tears and the issue became a topic of discussion in the Parliament, the highest decision-making body in our country.
In India, math is considered a passport to success, and not scoring well in it is never an option. It’s not surprising that there was an uproar among both students and parents about the “very tough” paper.
This brings us to an interesting question: Are schools preparing students only for ‘not-so-tough’ exams?
Let’s take a moment and examine the state of math education in India:
Lack of application
One of the major reasons why math is not a preferred subject is that its concepts are never made clear in the current education system. It is never linked to any day-to-day problem, and students are not able to make connections to apply their classroom learnings in real-life situations.
Lack of innovation
Over the years, almost every class has followed a broadcast method of teaching where one teacher typically disperses information to a class of 30-40 students. Every child is unique and it is sometimes impossible for them to grasp concepts without personalized attention. Isn’t it time to bring about a change in the delivery of concepts?
Lack of technology
Using a calculator or a spreadsheet to solve a math problem does not count as using technology for solving math problems. Technology must be integrated into math learning for multiple representations of concepts. For example, you can tell a child that x=y with a slope of 45 degrees. They may understand it. But using technology to literally show how this is formed will help them enhance their visual skills.
Obsession with the end as opposed to the means
The over-obsession to get that one ‘right answer’, limits a student’s focus. It teaches them to think that they need to learn or rather learn by heart just one algorithm to get to the answer. Critical thinking or alternate approaches to problem-solving is never encouraged.
In a class, students are incentivized to submit quick responses. The fastest-finger first approach adopted by teachers simply encourages rote learning. Children are not encouraged to think out-of-the-box for solving non-routine problems.
In a country where the concept of zero was discovered and for a country that gave birth to Ramanujan, the man who knew infinity, it is disappointing to know that a “tough” math exam paper could throw children off their guards, leading to a debate in the Parliament.
We need to make math-learning more interesting for children and expand their problem-solving abilities. For this, we need to change the way math is being taught to them. Math education will add up and amount to something only when we’ve built a strong math foundation in all our children.
We need to make math-learning more interesting for children and expand their problem-solving abilities.
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In the Indian education system, a child completing their 2nd grade is expected to be able to read simple text and perform basic math operations such as subtraction. Though there has been a gradual increase in the percentage of students achieving this outcome, the absolute number is still just a quarter of the overall number of students.
Not only is it appalling to see such stats despite the Right to Education Act, but the numbers also get worse as one progresses to higher levels in their education.
On comparing data sets from 2014 and 2018 the percentage of students who can solve basic numerical division problems in different grades showed a positive increase in the lower grades, but by the 8th grade, the number fell from 44.1% in 2014 to 43.9% in 2018.
This blog mainly tells about why math in India is just considered as just a subject and why math is not the most preferred has a favorite subject by the students. where it is lacking what the future holds in the field of math.
The future is in the WHY of MATH by Manan Khurma
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How Will math be used in the future?
It gives us a way to understand patterns, to quantify relationships, and to predict the future. Math helps us understand the world — and we use the world to understand math. The world is interconnected. It can also predict profits, how ideas spread, and how previously endangered animals might repopulate.
What is the newest branch of mathematics?
This new (sub-)branch is called complex analysis. Complex numbers extend the rules of real algebra, and complex analysis extends real analysis. A real variable is generally replaced in complex analysis by a complex variable (usually called ). Complex analytic functions extend real analytic functions, and so on.
Why is math so hard?
Math seems difficult because it takes time and energy. Many people don't experience sufficient time to "get" math lessons, and they fall behind as the teacher moves on. Many move on to study more complex concepts with a shaky foundation. We often end up with a weak structure that is doomed to collapse at some point.
Is math different now?
The reason for teaching conceptual understanding is to help students to see connections between the math they're learning and the math they already know. ... Yes, math is being taught differently today. It may be a little more difficult for parents at times, but it definitely can be better for kids.