All posts by Maths Editor

The aim of school mathematics

Developing children’s abilities for mathematisation is the main goal of mathematics education. The narrow aim of school mathematics is to develop ‘useful’ capabilities, particularly those relating to numeracy – numbers, number operations, measurements, decimals and percentages. The higher aim is to develop the child’s resources to think and reason mathematically, to pursue assumptions to their […]

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Problems in school math education

Some problems in school Mathematics education A majority of children have a sense of fear and failure regarding Mathematics. Hence, they give up early on, and drop out of serious mathematical learning. The curriculum is disappointing not only to this non-participating majority, but also to the talented minority by offering them no challenges. Problems, exercises […]

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Proposed alterations to higher secondary math curriculum

We propose that math curriculum in higher secondary should have a big component of inter-disciplinary applications to establish math as a language of higher academics across subjects/disciplines – a very important fact about math and other disciplines, unknown to the vast majority of students. To implement such an intent, we propose that math curriculum be […]

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Why is mathematics a unique subject? Changes proposed in secondary and higher secondary curriculum

Math is a unique subject – it’s a language for all other subjects too (much like natural languages), it’s a universally common language, and it has the highest component of ways and means to sharpen logical thinking, reasoning abilities, as well as creative and critical thinking Primary school years should focus on quantification, approximation, analogy […]

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What’s Math?

The ‘invention’ (and continuous evolution) of languages is the most defining characteristic of Homo Sapiens; the use of language indeed catalysed significant expansion of our thinking capabilities, and therefore, our brain. Language expands thinking capability like nothing else. Broadly, there are two vehicles of thinking – using images and using languages (words) – and the […]

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The world we live in

Talking and sharing with other people is a very important human need for pleasure and survival. We use languages, to be precise natural languages, to express everything we wish to communicate in writing, or speech (we also use signs/symbols to communicate but it’s very limited in its scope of application, compared to the use of […]

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What’s math in the 21st century?

Everything, without exception, is changing in this century! Institutions as old as us, humans, such as family and marriage are getting fundamentally redefined world over, including India! Is math also changing, especially the way we must be taught and the way we must learn it. Yes, 21st century math is fundamentally different because the logical part […]

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Abstract versus Real

In the article ‘of division of simple quantities’ we learnt about the process of division. We discussed the terms used in division viz. the dividend, divisor, quotient and remainder. The concept of remainder is relevant only because some numbers are not divisible by certain divisors (numbers that are not factors of our dividend). As we […]

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What’s the state of popular math?

Compare the first-screen search results of the keywords ‘popular math’ and ‘popular science’ to know the ‘unpopular status’ of popular math, as evident from the – number of links thrown up in Google (math links are 1/5 of the science links) nature of links (‘popular math’ search throws up quite a few ‘popular science’ links […]

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