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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Primary School Math -vwv

Primary 5 Mathematics

This is the type of math question our primary school children need - questions that require thinking rather than just applying formulas. By the way, it's quite amusing to see that when people are armed with advanced mathematical tools, they forget how to use simple ones. Kinda like knowing how to use GPS but not a compass.

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Yiheng made
10:16 PM


That's quite difficult for a Primary 5 student. I thought at this stage they should be reinforcing their fundamentals in additions,and multiplications. Remember the video I showed you the last time?

But this can probably be a bonus question of sorts. Not all kids will appreciate this kind of math. Heck some can't even add properly.

By Blogger Soqcrates, at 11:40 PM  

I disagree. Primary school kids should be about 2 years ahead of us when we were that age. Even average students should be at least 1 year ahead.

That means by Primary 5, they should know how to identify multiples of 2,3,5,6,9 and 10. Nerdy kids should know that of 4,8 and 11 too. Reinforcing fundamentals of additions and multiplications was what I did in kindergarten. If you are still doing that in Primary 5, you are in serious trouble.

By Anonymous Yiheng, at 10:34 PM  

nobody does additions and multiplications in kindergarten, that's so hardcore. Not everyone's a genius; some don't even go to kindergarten. You must know that not everyone likes or is good at math. Primary school math should be at a level that the bulk of students can catch and of course there is a minimum standard which is to being better than the American junior school.

That next thing you know, they start teaching calculus at primary school

By Blogger Soqcrates, at 1:35 AM  

You're seriously underestimating Singapore children. Not only do they attend kindergarten, they also attend pre-nursery, abacus class, mental calculations, etc. Singapore kids definitely have no problems computing with speed and accuracy. The issue is whether they really understand what they are doing and why the numbers can be manipulated in such and such manner.
By Anonymous Yiheng, at 10:58 PM  

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