Why Hating Maths Has Nothing To Do With Lack Of Ability
It can be an automatic reaction, especially for those still haunted by memories of sitting through double maths in your childhood, but the mention of ‘maths’ can provoke a groan from most people.
However, experts have said that the negative experiences we have of maths sticks with us, and can potentially impact your own self-worth, as well as that of your children, reports The Express.
Dr Lee Randall, an educational psychologist, and co-director of EdPsychEd said: “We construct our self-identity with the experiences we have
“If we have negative experiences, where we think we’re bad at maths whenever it’s mentioned, those memories of feeling stupid, or not very good, or bored, start to resurface. That can make adults very negative and say negative things about maths, which then rubs off on children.”
Our perception of maths is directly linked to the way it was taught to us, and for many people, the problem lies in that much of it, particularly at the time, seems pointless and irrelevant.
With other subjects, such as reading and writing in English lessons, it can be quickly apparent how and why it is useful, as we all communicate with others every day, we read stories, news, and blogs.
But it takes a little more work to find the hook where maths is concerned. It should be interesting and engaging, but that can often be lost. We understand the need to be able to add up our purchases while in the supermarket, but for many, that is where maths starts and stops.
It’s important for maths to be grounded in the real world, and shown how it is relevant to kids and the things they are interested in. Kids should know that maths is an integral part of coding for computer games, sending rockets to Mars, and even studying football analytics.
Ensuring your kids get a grasp on maths, and understand why it is needed will be essential for their futures. If you’re looking for computer clubs in London, visit our website today.