Dec 8, 2010, 07:26pm #13
If they prefaced the post by saying that most western nations suffer from an education crisis BUT that Poland's history made it extra hard to teach sciences than I think it'd be a pretty good article.
No, it would be still a nonsense.
The Nazis DID wipe out a large portion of the Polish intelligentsia, no doubt about it. Of course the Russians (not just the communists but also the tsarists)
and what it has in common with the math?
Most of what was said in the article came from the Polish professors who were being interviewed so maybe the article was ok after all?
No. It means that the professors were also talking nonsense.
To learn higher maths you need special predispositions. You born with it, just like some people born with art or music talents.
But each one can easly learn to count. And yes kids are bad in counting but it's a relatively new phenomenom. Look like the PRL times were missed out here... and PRL general education wasn't bad. They knew what's discipline and they could teach people some basics.
I also don't agree with the statement that math is treated dissmisive in Poland. Contrary. When I was in school my parnets and teacher were always insisting that "mathematics are the queen of science" (matematyka królową nauk), that maths teach to think.
But the kids are just lazy and the teachers unmotivated. I was good in maths until I started attending high school and had a new teacher. This new teacher was so boring and unhelpful (she literally denied to explain me maths when I was not understanding somehing) that I began to get low grates.
Now I'm math imbecile... ;)