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‘Urgent attention’ needed on maths deficit

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The Educator | 17 Mar 2016, 10:20 AM Agree 0
The Federal Government has launched a new 10-year plan to improve students’ maths skills amid warnings Australia will be left behind if the slide continues.
  • peter | 17 Mar 2016, 11:20 AM Agree 0
    Amazing how long it takes for government to wake up. This has been going on for over 10 years with Maths C ( Applied Maths) not being a prerequisite for engineering degrees in Qld. Not only Should Maths B be a prerequisite but also Maths C for all engineering and Science degrees. The reason it has not been is simple..."bums on seats".
    If the Universities made both a prerequisite then they would have huge numbers of vacant seats in their degree programmes because no kids are taking these subjects at High School.

    There needs to be more of an incentive than I TE point to do Maths C. Thsi whole situation has been exacerbated by the ridiculous OP system. Why would kids want to do a really difficult subject like Maths C and get maybe a B or C when they can bludge through Biology and Get an A????

    Fix the system if you want to fix the outcomes
  • Sundar | 17 Mar 2016, 12:56 PM Agree 0
    Added to Peter's comments the dumbing down of undergraduate and postgraduate credentials offered by Australian universities got to stop. As a postgrad research student (who completed both primary and secondary education in Asia) I am horrified to see the downgrading of academic standards and rigor in the pursuit of marketing and financial goals. Secondly fixated on league tables (once again there is a marketing motive in this) universities engage in targeted improvement of areas which are not directly related to academic quality but so called student experience etc to pander to "academic tourists".

    Deliberate downgrading of intellectual pursuits in the long run will produce uninformed, anti-science, anti-intellectual, idiotic populace who will in turn make idiotic choices in their own lives and for the nation as a whole. Just look over to USA. Watch the videos made by Jay Leno called "Jay Walking" and you will recognise that what is happening in the US today was long time in the making.

    Lastly can we stop overplaying psychological concerns, potential impact on self esteem etc and recognize that a bit of hard work is not going to kill you or send you to the mental asylum.
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