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Why this hesitation in math and homework?

Why this hesitation in math and homework?

Discussion: Mathematics is referred to as horror subject, homework is classified as harmful to students and families and student aides are voted on. What’s going on?

Is the mathematics curriculum for the seventh grade sufficient for the future society? I do not think so. Math need PR help. Maybe changing the name can help?

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Politicians and others compete to distance themselves from homework such as teaching methods and teaching aids. At the same time, there is a problem with the use of a mobile phone in the school day. Students should be allowed to bring their phones with them during free time and for assistance during class.

Many say that using the screen is important. What would catch students’ attention if there was a screen on the desk? I think teachers are going to lose out on screens most of the time.

School without homework means that everything has to be learned during school hours. It requires that everyone in the class focus on what the teacher is doing. Not all students understand and learn at equal speed what is said and explained. Deviations are inevitable. Homework can even break out of these differences. Many people need homework for repetition and practice to follow the progress of the class.

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This is what the schools themselves say about homework

Homework is useful

So I think homework is an important tool to reduce differences in the level of knowledge among students. In addition, everyone needs practice in solving tasks, to make an effort to achieve goals. Such efforts will be required outside the school. If one does not receive such exercise, the drop-out rate rises sharply in further study. One often hears about how important it is to see and not lose sight of young people. Getting demands and duties is a useful way to be visible.

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A recent Aftenbildet post prints mathematics as a nightmare for many. The seventh grade curriculum is said to suffice after 12 years of teaching. Numerous educators and politicians are vying for data on stories of disgust and horror about mathematics. Cheer for the low requirements for mathematical knowledge to become a teacher. After several decades of underestimation and uselessness, faculty must be trained to view mathematics as a horror subject.

In the old folk school, the subject was called “arithmetic” and had practical benefits for everyone. Yes, it was difficult to do without it. Now electronic aids and gadgets are flowing, all communication and production use electronics. Is the mathematics curriculum for the seventh grade sufficient for the future society? I do not think so. Math need PR help. Maybe changing the name can help?

Died as a scapegoat?

Otherwise, it is remarkable that the subject of mathematics is responsible for the rejection of school in many other subjects. What about other topics where there are performance differences? Should it also be reduced to a minimum? Many people like to give a bad reputation to all science subjects, point out learning difficulties and little practical use. This is despite the fact that every day is filled with practical physics, chemistry, biology, arithmetic, electronics and mechanics. This topic is practiced in all kitchens, at leisure, work, sports and leisure. Educators can immerse themselves in close practice for the practical benefit of these topics.

The county council voted against a proposal to develop a plan to try to use student assistants in teaching. Tenants and deputy tenants of the county municipality’s training committee strongly caution against using the scheme in secondary schools. 18-19 year olds are not old enough as assistants. They can discover sensitive information about different levels of knowledge and different social skills. Master planners can increase social differences and influence the balance of power among students. One must demand secrecy and police testimony, and not let assistants risk criminal liability. They warn about the employee experience that assistants get, and the responsibility that comes with it.

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Sad not for high school student assistants

Yes to student assistants!

From my own experience, I think the suggestion is particularly good. During my engineering studies 60 years ago, the chart was very useful and widely used chart. In the case of learning, there is a great difference in the level of the subject between the teacher and the student. For weaker students, the difference is quite large. It is known that many do not dare to ask for help because they do not want to reveal what they cannot. Student assistants reduce this difference to an affordable level, and help is available to more people.

Auxiliaries are important in reducing class inequality.
I think this system also reduces truancy and dropout from further education.
The counterarguments of the commander and his deputy can be reversed. Most students have sensitive information about their fellow students without the need for a confidentiality duty. That assistants gain employee experience and additional responsibility should be seen as a positive for all parties. For student assistants, the program will be attractive, not only financially but also professionally. One must try himself as a teacher and employee. Appointments must be made in accordance with professional qualifications and merit qualifications that exceed the minimum requirements. It should be important to try this pedagogical approach as soon as possible.

Otherwise, it is remarkable that the subject of mathematics is responsible for the rejection of school in many other subjects. What about other topics where there are performance differences?