Towards a nation of maths-haters and ignoramuses

  • 17 Dec 2008 19:56:40 GMT

    [What does the future hold for a country where so many children fail in mathematics, science and the international language?]

    There would be a Very Bright Future!

    Most of those who fail are sure to end up as politicians be it in the UC, MC, Pradeshiya Sabha, Provincial Council or Parliament. They will sure be enjoying life while most of those who passed the O/L and A/L with flying colors and even go to universities will be struggling to survive.

  • 17 Dec 2008 23:36:06 GMT

    Remove maths from curriculum completely and introducing Buddhism as a compulsory subject to all students will ensure future generations will no who was (Balnagoda Man)

  • 18 Dec 2008 01:33:52 GMT

    The beautiful sad story of the pundits who chased away from Sri Lanka - the custodians of Faith based Education in Maths & Science - Tamils of Yarlpaanam

  • 18 Dec 2008 01:37:55 GMT

    [Therefore mathematics, which Einstein extolled as the poetry of logical ideas, has unfortunately become one of the most hated subjects in schools]

    Not in Jaffna. Poetry is the language of the creator/owner. Tamils of Sri Lanka are more likely to carry the appreciation of this poetry of logical ideas than those from other parts of Sri Lanka

  • 18 Dec 2008 05:01:23 GMT

    [Unless a national effort is made to reverse the frightful trend, nothing is going to stop our march towards a nation of ignoramuses fit only for politics]

    Seek and find the Mathematics and Science specialists who went away for whatever reason. Faith based education is the quicker way to recovery, compared to zero base start.

  • 18 Dec 2008 19:03:42 GMT

    I am Tamil and I studied in both Batticaloa and Jaffna, a long time ago now. Mathematics in Jaffna was a way of life. In my A levels, students brought problems from brothers/cousins in their first year at university for us to try. This was in the public school system with over 50 in each class. Dedicated teachers and interested, competitive students made it interesting - who needed computer games?

    There was competition between schools as well to see who got top marks in maths. I was at a girls` school and was the only one to get double A`s at our school, matching the top boys` schools. Yay!

    Life was hard in Jaffna. Everyone worked at education, because it was one of the few options in life. It was also where you got to show what you were made of. Practically everyone in Jaffna went for after school studies or private tuition.

    This may sound like hard work, but you know, I never heard of anyone dying of hard work. And it is great training for life.

  • 18 Dec 2008 21:31:13 GMT

    It`s the deadblow of a nation. Don`t let it get that far.

    Europe is becoming a `verbal` society, living on the service industry.

    The youth nowadays take the easy way out and the schoolsystem is debet to it, if nothing helps you should bribe your children into mathematics.

    Tell them, and that`s not a lie, but the truth, that with a technical study the multinationals will be crawling up their doorsteps in rows of ten`s.

    The only other options in your country are the tourism industry and like the writer said, politics.

    Not much of a choice I would say.

  • 18 Dec 2008 23:10:20 GMT

    [This may sound like hard work, but you know, I never heard of anyone dying of hard work. And it is great training for life]

    Well said Niru. Maths is indeed a way of life in Jaffna. I recall feeling challenged by a Geometry problem brought to me by a classmate who travelled daily from Madduvil to Jaffna Convent. I did eventually solve it - but it was a challenge that looked very simple at first.

    Thank you for sharing your own experience with us



  • 20 Dec 2008 13:53:56 GMT

    So much boast about Jaffna maths.

    Why did these maths geniuses like a 7th grade droppout as a leader?

    Instead of maths problems now he gives children a gun, a suicide kit and a cyanide capsule.