New math textbook
WHAT is our achievement after 17 years in regards to our math textbooks? The deficiencies in math textbooks for schools are the main reason of math anxiety and phobia among our students. Math textbooks have been changed after 17 years but the meaningless symbols, too many unnecessary definitions and almost all old problems remain even in the new textbooks. How do the relevant authorities expect our students to be prepared for creative math questions next year?
Moreover, new textbooks are not using easy definitions and are still using the previous ones which are clumsy for both students and teachers. The new textbook definition for the proportion from the grade VII Math book at the page 17 is given below:
Of the four quantities, if the ratio of first and second quantity and the ratio of third and fourth quantity are equal to each other, then the four quantities form a proportion. Each quantity of proportion is called proportional.
The simple definition is:
A proportion states that two ratios are equal. Example, using equal sign: ½ = 2/4
But the symbol widely used in the new text book is ½::2/4 which is meaningless to students and also not used across the world. From the new text book of grade VII, it is stated in page 18 :
In proportion the symbol ‘: :’is used instead of the symbol ‘=’ . So, we can write 25 : 10 : : 50 : 20.
The symbol is also used for the proportion problems.
In addition, scale drawing which is very important and was in the VII grade curriculum has been left out from the new curriculum.
Math experts and authorities concerned are requested to use simple definitions as understanding is important. Definition and symbols that are used globally should be used in the local textbooks to make math more interesting and meaningful to students.
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WHAT is our achievement after 17 years in regards to our math textbooks? The deficiencies in math textbooks for schools are the main reason of math anxiety and phobia among our students. Math textbooks have been changed after 17 years... Full story