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Kids encouraged to embrace 'the joy of maths'


Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 19/10/2011. Kids encouraged to embrace 'the joy of maths'Tags: Education And Politics Teachers News

Children in Ireland are being encouraged this week to become more involved with maths and see it as more than a collection of dull numbers.

As part of Maths Week, which is running until October 22nd, 'maths magician' Andrew Jeffrey stated there are many things that parents can do to make the subject more interesting, the Irish Independent reports.

"Help your children to see maths not just as a science, but also as an art and as a language," he said at an event in Dublin.

He explained maths is not so much about numbers, but the patterns and structures behind them, while kids should ensure they ask questions such as "why does this work?" in order to get the most out of the subject.

With the involvement of over 50 universities, libraries, museum and institutes of technology, the sixth annual Maths Week will see over 100,000 pupils take part in events around the country.

Meanwhile, it has been stated by Elaine Devlin - a representative of ASTI to the Teaching Council - that many educators are struggling with new Project Maths syllabus, which many students find "too long, too difficult and too vague", the news source stated.

Written by Donal Walsh
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