How We Teach Maths Needs to Change


There is surely an argument to be made that our current method of education, when it comes to maths, is killing the interest in it. And it’s got a detrimental effect of society. Grown men and women counting their fingers to calculate how much they should be paying at the end of their meal is really a sight seen too often.
We have some great online training networks available these days, but this is the first one that I know of that seems to be making it fun to learn. It’s changing the way we think about solving problems. And that is exactly what mathematics is supposed to do. It’s not finding answers, but rather the route to the answer that is where the magic lies.
I remember not doing too well at maths at school, where my older brother had no problem with it. My dad was tested to see his abilities, and the person who did the test said it was the best with regards to maths he’s seen in his 20 years of testing. This was not a good position for me to be in, nor for my father who was working hard to get our family in a position to enjoy life. 
But, my father decided that the best way forward would be to take a seat at the dining room table after supper, and to work through the test or exercise I had trouble with. 
I believe this helped to a degree, although I think my patience and method of coaching today is of a better level than his was back then. I had a great maths teacher at school too, who could make us think about why certain things happen the way they do, and how maths could answer these questions, but I think the idea of revising by yourself, and going through things, not because you were told to do so by your parents or teachers, but because you want to know why and understand it, is essentially the best way to learn. This network seems to do just that. 

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