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Very interesting indeed ~ The knowledge of Mathematics is not in genetic inheritance. It is how much we are exposed to Mathematics.
I personally, grew up loving mathematics :)
This reminds me of something I haven't thought of in a while, I always thought math and art were about the same in a sense. Kids sorta both like doing both but as adults you ask someone if they're a good artist and they'll say they're terrible just like if you ask someone if they're good at math. I kinda find that weird.
Its also like comparing with maths and English, In terms in how much we use it in our daily lifes, we use English to communicate with each other. Hence we practice by talking and speaking with each other. This gives room for fixing our mistakes. Unlike mathematics, it is more of something you use to solve problems. Children do go around speaking in pronumerals etc. They need practice and that comes form homework. Some children dislike homework, thus that is where the common saying comes from "I'm not good in maths"
I'd like to think most kids in general love mathematics naturally and inquisitive all the time... They are subjected to all sorts of influences... It just takes one bad math teacher in their early school life to kill all their zeal... My heart particularly bleeds for the students of flvs and connections
Yeah I know what you mean, and that's one of the main reasons I came here so no one would end up like me. I failed geometry and precalculus in highschool and then got a C in college algebra at my university. I sorta saw math as being meaningless calculations and busy work for most of my life. At that time I didn't even know what calculus was, I just thought calculus was probably just trigonometry. To be honest, I haven't felt like I could really help any of these kids on here lately, it mostly feels like whatever I say they just ignore since they just want the answer.
I agree with you :) I think personally another reason why people become unskilled in mathematics is that Maths is very unpractical. I can't recall a single time through out high school or even now in university, where I was are told to go outside and use Trigonometry to measure height or even find a length on a side on the wall in reality. This is also seen throughout the other sorts of mathematics such as graph interpretation, we don't see parabolas or cubics in our daily lives. So that we can't really reinforce our knowledge in solving them
It's kinda funny cause any time something drops or gets thrown up in the air it follows the path of a parabola, so in some sense we do see one every day, it's just not quite so obvious I suppose haha.
Haha, experience aside (very long story), I still think I'm terrible at math, but I still love it. I haven't read the full article yet, but I will. The quote I always like to use is Antoine de Saint - Exupéry's where he once said if you want to teach someone to build a ship, you don't gather them up and show them how to saw wood, gather nails, etc. Instead we train them to long for the immensity of the seas. This is exactly what schools are lacking, we just don't care if someone learns the process, we are more focused on getting them through the course and then they eventually forget what they've learned and repeat. Yes, math is taught in an unpractical way, but as kai mentioned it's really everywhere haha. It's getting more rare on here as well where kids are wanting to learn the math, there are many variables to that, but we can still try are best to motivate them about the math!
I use that quote way too much...I just love The Little Prince!
For me, it depends on the learning experience. If I'm paired with a bad textbook and an awful professor, I'm going to dislike the subject. I was even forced to go summer school at one point because the first college algebra professor was very hard at everything. I actually passed all the homeworks and tests with flying colors when I took it again. Again with Business Calculus... I hate that subject... and I still regret signing up for it. Business Calculus made me look like an idiot, but I passed all 4 sections of regular Calculus with B's. lawl.
Business Calculus is still bad at the university level too...it's one of those... just avoid the whole course all together
my worst disappointment was couple of months ago was teaching a kid good math and i was like giving all i have to teach from my heart, i was teaching him how to deal with math and love and consider it as a favorite topic to think about, but suddenly he doesn't wanna me to teach him anymore and when i asked why his parents said he didn't get higher grades in math since i started teaching him. how ever he went to another teacher who gives him examples to memorize which can be questions in exams. and yes he get he full marks his parents wanted but what did it cost ? sometimes as a teacher i cant cheat kids and follow this system to get grades only and not giving a chance to think, i don't mind if i'm jobless if its the only way to do it .
I am smartest one in maths in my dreams.. lol..