Mathematics in school is a discipline in which you learn a detailed set of rules and formulas and then apply these to a variety of situations according to their own circumstances which is never any form of mathematics instead its calculation. Real mathematics is much more interesting to dive deeper rather than calculation. You have to think creatively to solve problems. In a lot of cases you need to think about how one problem “maps” onto another. Answers are mostly clever. In the field of applied mathematics, you rarely need to solve any equations out of your own. You usually just let the computer do the calculation. Instead, the important part is being able to have a logical interpretation about equations. Finally the biggest problem of mathematics among school students lies there when there is more emphasis for “Testing over Teaching” and “Evaluation over Demonstration”.
- Mathematics is a cumulative:
Most of the school students tend to learn and forget things with time which mathematics does not allow happening. It requires proper knowledge of previous grades in order to succeed further. If someone gets a horrible teacher for an academic year, the enthusiasm for mathematics goes very low. Also, if someone gets absent for a month, it’s really difficult to understand further. With someone who is having family problem, mathematics becomes a nightmare for those. Mathematics requires a good physical as well as mental health to progress.
- School mathematics is abstract:
Math is intentionally abstract. The idea behind is to create abstract tools which can be connected to maximum contexts as possible, but this abstraction confuses a lot of people up. If the imagination cannot be build out of mathematical problems then it really becomes hectic to understand.
- Concepts are sometimes introduced before the appropriate age:
Some concepts of mathematics are introduced to the students before the mental reasoning ability of students are properly developed as a result it develops of feeling of hatred over mathematics. And as always, first impression is the last one. Also, mathematics is cumulative. It creates a lack of bonding between the student and mathematics which continues with their entire academic life.
- Mathematics cannot be faked:
In liberal arts, there aren’t as many objective standards as there are in math. Mathematics has a very low tolerance level for errors and does not have any intermediate value between Right and Wrong. Perceptions do not work in mathematics. It’s the reason why the difference between highest mark and lowest mark in mathematics is the maximum as compared to other subjects.
Math is completely unemotional for most people. It doesn’t engage you on any personal level. Without any spark of feeling to drive a student’s interest, they will never become captivated by the subject.
Students tell each other that mathematics is difficult, which reinforces their view that mathematics is difficult. If you constantly tell yourself and are told by others that mathematics is difficult, then you’ll find it difficult, regardless of whether it’s actually difficult.