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Which way Mathematics?: Interesting article

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Elimu (Education Forum)' started by Kichuguu, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Kichuguu

    Kichuguu Platinum Member

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    This article appeared in the Guardian on November 20th
    For those who went to school in the late 60s, 70s and early 70s, you will notice that there are many heads to to hang for the death of mathematics education in Tanzania. The Mathematics textbooks used in the 70s were a collection of mixed garbage with half cooked concepts of abstract algebra, linear algebra, calculus an trigonometry. Those who were lucky to be taught by old teachers used Highway Mathematics in their classes and probably they are the ones who survived the mathematics game. My teachers used Highway Mathematics Volume 5, 6, 7, and 8 subject to minor changes in standard units from imperial units to metric units. The first few years in Secondary school was another nightmare until one came across Kinunda, Mwanjombe, and Mmari books that had copied information from Entebbe Mathematics volumes and added irrelevant stuff from abstract algebra. Poor planning in Mathematics Education killed everything mathematics; starting in late 70's.
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    Bujibuji JF-Expert Member

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    watu wakiona tu neno mathematics wanatoka nduki, wabongo bwana?