Thursday, 2 June 2016

Everything Wrong With Math Education

"I hate math!", "Math sucks!", "Math is useless!", "Why am I doing this?!"

Who hasn't ever heard any of them? Math hatred is popular. But why? Why do people hate math? Is it hard? Is the ability to do math genetic? If you hate math then that's because you don't know what math is. Ever wondered what math actually is? That's a pretty weird question.(Weird questions are the best.) ain't it? Mathematics is probably the most beautiful abstraction you'll ever find in your life.(Abstraction?).

The reason someone hate math is their teacher(Why do we even call them teachers?). They teach you a way to solve the problem. Math isn't an mechanical procedural one way trick to solve problems. It's a creative and logical approach to solve problems. Most teachers are the product of the same flawed system, Neither they do know how beautiful logic can become. Edward Frenkel put that very beautifully, He said: "Math is like art. We all have seen the great paintings of legendary people of the past but not many has ever seen the 'great paintings' of legendary mathematicians. Our education system is like teaching children how to draw a fence but has never shown those great paintings That's exactly what's happening with math. Students are never told about the great work of mathematicians. ". It's obvious that people will find math utterly useless and start hating them.

These are some most amazing equations:
-"If this does not blow your mind, then you have no emotion.", Salman Amin Khan, Founder of Khan Academy

- The beauty of flowers...

- Does that even need an explanation? Just look at it!

If your'e a math hater, Then you probably didn't understand the beauty in the first one. No worries dude. I don't expect you to understand it. I just want to let you know that you're seeing something really legendary!

Okay now what's is use? Why are we doing it?

We all have been into Newtonian mechanics. What's the most used equation in Newtonian mechanics? F = ma. But wait! What is F = ma??? An equation?? Isn't that math!?? You just used AN EQUATION to predict the trajectory of Earth around Sun? That's creepy!!! How can simple symbols predict something so different! And who hasn't ever heard E = mc^2 ? What's that??.... Math. Math is everywhere. MATH IS THE LANGGUAGE OF THE UNIVERSE. Math gives you wings. Even if you don't use it(Which you unconsciously always do) Learning math will create a wiring in your brain that didn't existed before. And this wiring is what makes you a problem solver.

Humans wouldn't survive on this planet without math. With the power of mathematics you can dive into the known and unknown Universe! You get the ultimate power of logic! Everything in this Universe (Probably other Universes too!) is completely mathematical! Even human behavior! This is why we have something like Psycholo|gic|gy.

Have your math teacher ever told you about this?

Mathematics is taught in a very vague and boring way in schools.

The reason most people hate any subject is because they got bad grades in that subject. I never got more than 33 to 35 out of 100 in my math tests until I learned what math really is and met an amazing math teacher in my coaching classes. I fell in love in math. It's amazing how elegantly it is consistent with logic. On my school graduation I scored  95/100 in math (Lost 5 marks due to time limitations. The invigilator didn't give me an additional sheet :p).

If you really want to be successful in life. Forget about marks. There quite bad at rating skills. Find beauty in math.

Truth Is Knowable and math is the way to know that. It works so well in describing reality. There's a very popular quote: "THE UNREASONABLE EFFECTIVENESS OF MATHEMATICS".


tags: math, mathematics, math education, education, educational system