Why Mathematics Must be Taught by Professionals ??

- And extending support for the advocates of Math Wars.

Mathematics is indeed the pulse of the universe – or more precisely, the language of the universe. Its is not a channel through which we the humans command the universe, rather its the language in which the universe explains itself to us. From the day and night to complex genetics functions, mathematics is the basement of all natural behaviours and sciences. It is a fact beyond any sort of argument or disagreement.But the way mathematics is taught makes it one of the most useless subjects in curriculum, if at not everywhere, at least in about the half. This, in my opinion, is because of the  lack of awareness of the concept and application among the so called “intelligent” mathematics teachers. The way in which I state this may mirage a sense of hatred towards the subject and mathematics teachers – so I shall make it clear – I can never hate the subject nor all the mathematics teachers, my mother too being one. And I know she’s really awesome in teaching the subject the way it is meant to be, creating an understandable physical environment.

Most of the mathematics teachers emphasis on “learning to solve problems” through consistent practice – yes, practice indeed makes a man perfect – its like no engineer in the world could perhaps build a house as perfect as an experienced mason. But the mason indeed needs the blueprints, at least orally. He can never build something on his own, other than duplicating his past ventures and slightly appending them to add aesthetic senses. The same will be the situation with a “mathematician” who has learnt the subject by “regular practice”, he could solve any complex arithmetic problem in seconds, or sometimes even put a computer back of him, but he could seldom put anything of his expertise to useful purpose (indeed, him teaching is never a useful purpose apart from it earning him his bread). Trigonometry is to a normal mathematics teacher, only a sure 15 marks hit for her student, but for Tipu, the assumed inventor of missiles, it being the underlying principle in projectiles was victory in the battles he fought. Almost none of those who learn mathematics, nor majority of those who teach mathematics know the physical importance of the topic the “feed into” their disciples. Volume of a sphere is only (4/3)*Π*r3 for a student unless he’s told it is the most compact and efficient form in the universe. Almost every boy, at least in India as I know, will be told when he’s at school that mathematics is the most important subject and to victor mathematics is to “learn all the formulas by heart”. I don’t know how may keep still keep this to their heart, but I can never agree to this, at least to that about formulas.