Poor pass rates: Don’t blame mathematics

  • On the score of poor mathematical abilities in high school students, a major problem lies in the foundation-phase teaching. Mathematics, more so than many other subjects is a steady progression, building each level on a foundation of the previous one.
    From my student days, I can remember a rant from one of my lecturers, after he had corrected some assignments: “You have now learned how to differentiate e-to-the-power-x-to-the-power-x, but you still can’t add two plus two!”

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