It is true that most students have a propensity for either the arts or sciences, but there is one subject that seems to hold fear for many students and that is mathematics. One of the main reasons for this is that math is an abstract discipline, compared to other sciences such as chemistry and biology it does not have any shape or form. It is this non-tangible element that students sometimes have difficulties with, and this can turn into almost a dread of learning. The other big factor contributing why some students hate math is the way it is taught, conventional teaching methods make the subject dull and boring and most students turn off not being able to visualize what they are being taught. Thus, the students have no connection with the subject and start to disassociate themselves from the lesson. If this carries on, then the students can develop a real loathing for the subject.
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Trying to explain math to a class is not a particularly easy thing to do, and a good math teacher will have to have excellent language skills as well as mathematical fundamentals to relay the information to young minds. The fundamentals of any subject are the main focus for most schools to base their curriculum on, and this unfortunately is a very outdated way of imparting knowledge. Teachers tend to focus on their textbooks without giving visual aids to help their students grasp the theory behind what is being taught. Therefore, students try to learn math like any other subject, in parrot form memorizing facts and figures. This cannot be done with math, you have to understand the basics on how mathematical problems are solved, without this the subject is almost impossible to understand.
Every child at elementary level remembers their times tables by repeating them out loud in class. They are burned into the brain by continuous repetition, but this is a very monotonous way of teaching and really quite boring. So, when the math lesson comes around in a school day the kids tend to dread what is coming. And if they forget their times tables, they rely on using their fingers to solve a multiplication exercise. This may be okay for small numbers but is not feasible when larger numbers come into play. So why is it that many students have such a low command of their times tables? And this problem does not seem to have a solution in the near future. The bottom-line math is boring, from elementary school there is a prejudice towards the subject that teachers do little to dissipate later on in life.
Quite often your math teacher does not even enjoy the subject themselves, so how can they possibly create an environment for students to want to learn. Sometimes math teachers are teaching a subject that they did not major in and are teaching it as a secondary subject. They therefore teach math as they were taught, in other words the old fashioned way. All these elements combine to make math a subject for some students to fear, and a radical upheaval of how math is taught in schools needs to be undertaken.