Monthly Archives: September 2009

What pupils think about the equal sign

I gave a set of questions to a group of Grade 6 and 7 pupils in a public school. Here are two of the questions: Question 1: 173 + 49 = ___ + 47 . Question 2:  43 + __ = 48 + 76. Some pupils wrote 122 in the blank in Question 1. Others… Read More »

why study mathematics

Mathematics is a language that can communicate visually and symbolically. It can express ideas that other languages cannot articulate with conciseness, clarity and precision. Mathematics is also a way of thinking that can empower an individual to be critical, creative, logical and methodical. Mathematics is a language and a way of thinking that everybody can… Read More »

All men are equal

A king addressed his subjects form the palace’s balcony: “All men are equal.” One subject boldly asked: “What about kings?” “All kings are equal, too”, quipped his majesty. So much about equality.  

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