Make us think, not suffer

It’s math, not logic

Vanda Demko, FAll 2016 J1 student

I do understand why we have to have mathematic classes through almost our entire life. We do use basic mathematics every day to calculate if the cashier gave us the correct amount of change, or if the salesperson actually offers us a great deal. Because mistakes are often made, and let’s be honest, some people are making them on purpose.

However, I do not see the reason why I should learn the way how to if I don’t intend to become and engineer one day.

They say we have to learn to think logically, and that’s correct. I’m positive about that.

But are we doing it in the best way?

Are we really trying our best teaching our children to do that? Or we just make them hate mathematics, make them feel dumb and — on the sunny side — give them one extra hour sleep during the school.

We do. In most of the case. The Department of Education should sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and think long and hard, and eventually, find a better way to teach students logic. I am not saying to cancel out mathematics from the school system at once — just regulate it.

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-1-52-17-pmSo, outside of basic math classes, I would recommend to add classes – starting in High School – where students can strengthen their logic.

There are ways for that, easy ways; and it wouldn’t even request a lot of equips. Teachers could print out puzzles and logic quizzes on paper, or a simple classroom could give place to set up a crime scene, which the students had to solve. In case the school is able to, they could provide computers for this class and use for this purpose.

Just as I typed in “strengthen logic”, google, my old friend, gave me enormous amount of possibilities so I seriously doubt it would take a lot off effort from schools to provide the same.