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Does Maths Education Need an Overhaul

Maths has been taught in most UK schools in much the same way for a few decades. The situation is the same in lots of developed countries, sure there have been tweaks to teaching methods and curriculum changes but the main focus is pretty much the same.

Maths can be an unappealing subject for many students, it’s not instantly exciting and the prospects of well paid jobs seems unlikely. Of course, we know that it is not the case – the level of your maths education has a huge connection to future income potential. Many countries appreciate a mathematical education, getting a US visa is actually easier if you have maths qualification for example. ¬†Check out what is available in British Universities you can even take some of the online courses but you may need a British IP address like this.


There are increasing shortages though, Universities and employers are always complaining about the lack of mathematical candidates. Maths is a skill which is actually used in so many areas, there is a constant, unrelenting demand. Which is why many people think that we should change the way that maths is taught in our schools.

One of the main problems is that the need for certain maths skills has changed radically in the last few decades. Mathematics in schools is taught as a method of calculating – but do we need to do this anymore. Computers and quick methods of calculation are so readily available and easy to use.

For example although most of us were taught to calculate things in our head, how many of us even bother when we can just use our phone or the calculator on our desktop. Much of our further mathematics is done by computer too, processing power means that we can now no longer compete with computers when it comes to number crunching.

There has been a revolution in the use of maths but it has not been reflected in how we teach the subject.Technology means that complex models can be used very easily without days or months of associated number crunching. Computers can simply apply complicated numerical models and provide answers quickly. Calculation is pretty irrelevant, we can never compete with computers and why should we try.

what use is teaching children how to do long division manually, or why should they struggle with quadratic equations or mental arithmetic.  Should we be teaching children maths in the context of the tools that are now available Рthat is of course computers.

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Halloween Party – don’t forget the too fun

Remember kids, life is more than just math and homework. Sometimes it’s actually ok to just relax, put on a costume, and go out and have some fun with the other kids.
Halloween is one of those times, and here at Mathsurvey, it’s out favorite time a year. Not only to we get to dress out in awesome costumes, like zombies, witches or other cool monsters, we also get a chance to go around scaring the smaller children and their parents even give us candy for doing it!
Yesterday I talked to my friend Pete from, a website selling Halloween kostumer of all kinds. According to Pete, people have been buying more and more costumes over the last 10 years. He things this is because more people care about this great holiday and wants to take part in it, this goes for both the kids and for the older people too. But also because where we before were more likely to make our own costumes, we now buy them instead, and there are two reasons for that.
The first is that we are more willing to spend money on things like Halloween kostumer, but also the quality of costumes and the amount we have to choose between has increased a lot over the last years.

Halloween isn’t just for the kids, even though there arn’t anything cuter than a 5 year old monster, trying to scare you. It’s also becomming very popular the people in their 20’s (or even older), because it’s a great way of throwing a kick ass, Halloween party for your friends.
You get to decorate the house, as scary as you want, with spiders, spiderwebs, bones, coffins etc. But you also get to tell you friends, that they have to come in somekind of Halloween Costume, and if you feel up for it, bake a Halloween cake or other types of scary food.
If you haven’t tried this because, it’s something I can strongly recommend, while it’s normally quite fun to have a party, having a Halloween Party is twice as fun. Partying as a zombie, just makes everything a lot more cool!

My favorite party was a few years ago, when me and 5 guys from class, had a Harry Potter theme, and we all dressed out as our favorite Harry Potter character on Halloween. We all ended up playing our own version of Quidditch at 3AM, out on the street, it was hilarious.

What I am trying to say here, is that even through we all know that it’s important to focus on school, it’s also important to somethings just let go, put on your favorite costume and go have as much fun as possible with your friends, without having to think about homework or even math.

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