We need to ovehaul our present system of mathematics education by re-educating our mathematics teachers and establishing a new unified curriculum from arithmetic to calculus.
Children in public schools should start with the usual arithmetic then to calculus as the final part of a secondary education.
Our children are lazy because our system of education lacks the motivation to make mathematics practical, fascinating and exciting. Our kids find the subjects too easy.
A major part of this mathematics curriculum should be modern and abstract algebra.
I used to have modern math when I was in Grade 5 and Grade 6. Real nice, but somewhat repetitive. We seemed to have hit a ceiling since we never advanced to more abstract forms of modern math! Imagine, we were drilling like crazy on the theory of sets and Venn diagrams for almost a year with no end in sight to introduce group theory. Well, that was 40 years ago. Had we been exposed progressively, we would have created many scientists by now with solid state physics and a prosperous Silicon Valley.
The challenge of mathematics should be embedded on a child's mind while his thinking is still very malleable, before the age of 16, when all cognitive ability could no longer be improved.
You can practically take any science degree when you are well grounded in mathematics. That is the goal of mathematics. Even the best physicists have to learn math to carry their theories to conclusion. Math is a real hurdle throughout life, even inducing fear. That should not be the case. Nowadays, there is a move to unify all mathematics and to present any treatise, theory or discovery from this one unified language. Imagine, you only need one textbook and not any other! There is a growing consensus that this should be so since the disparate state of presentation could not explain from first principles or theorems. Only abstract algebra seemed to have taken such approach to improve things.
What is good with the new system? You can explain everything and you approach it from very simlified forms!
You can go to any college or university armed with only a complete repertoire of mathematical capacity and be able to tackle any subject head-on.
Learning math is a good investment rather that neglect of it will haunt you for life.
Posted on Jul 31, 2006, 6:26 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52