How The Teaching Of Maths Has Changed

It is natural for teaching methods and syllabi to change in order to keep up-to-date with the way the world is developing. In the field of Maths, teaching has moved more towards practical Mathematics, thereby providing the perfect platform for careers in finance, engineering and many other fields.

In the USA during the late 1950s and 60s, a new method of teaching Mathematics involving understanding the theory behind Maths as opposed to simply memorising various calculations and other rote learning, was applied in the classroom.

The main problem that is a concern to the level of Maths education is that there are no ‘real world’ Maths situations involved in the current syllabus. An article by The Guardian suggests that “It’s not so much that Maths education is worse than it was; instead, real life is much more demanding and we’re running in the wrong direction to catch up.”

Take the use of computers, for example. In the twenty-first century, computers are used for almost everything. There is an app, game, or program which can do almost anything for you. Nearly every equation which is needed to be worked out is done so via calculator or via smartphone. It stands to reason, therefore, that a new emphasis in Mathematics should relate to problem solving and computational skills, as opposed to more traditional rote-learning methods.

When relating to real life circumstances, people within business tend to use their computers to find out the answers to multiple sums in one go, choosing to use a program such as Microsoft Excel as opposed to working the problems out with pen and paper. However, this creates a new problem in itself. We will need to know the wide range of formulae in Excel in order to find the answer. The approach to understanding this and working out the resulting information requires algebraic thinking, which some may argue is the method we need to be taking when educating children in Mathematics.

The tutors we recommend are fully up-to-date with every change in the UK national curriculum. They ensure that your children are fully prepared both for their school examinations (at Key Stage Two SATs, GCSE, AS- or A-Level) and for the mathematical skills required in future employment.

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