Maths gets a bad press. Senior students especially girls are dropping maths. And it is happening mathpiggies in English speaking countries. Look at the % of students studying maths at university from Dropping maths Doesn’t Add Up, SMH, 27 Feb 2013.
Maths is now classed for many university degrees as – Scream now. Arrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhh! – ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE. Well, you better start assuming they don’t have any knowledge.
Maths needs better PR at school.
Maths is not visible in schools. Other subjects have their selling points.
Languages other than English have FOOD.
Geography has VOLCANOES and TRAVEL.
English has PLAYS and FILMS.
History has BLOODY WARS and TYRANNTS.
Drama has a school MUSICAL or PLAY.
Art has, D’uh, rooms full of amazing ART.
Science has BAD SMELLS, EXPLOSIONS and DAVID ATTENBOROUGH.
How can we make maths more visible and more fun in high school?