After the marathon session that we have had handling a case of financial transactions’ data, let us have a light, meaningful conversation.
I want to ask one simple question – Should the education SIMPLIFY the life; or make it more COMPLICATED?
Why am I asking this question?
If you noticed, most of handling of personal finances involves only basic math operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. That’s it.
Whereas, (and we can run it as an experiment) – most people – 16-18 out of 20 have disconnected with math. The same is number of people who have also disconnected with handling of personal finances BECAUSE they feel that it involves complicated skills with calculations.
What We Need?
What we basically need is only two-step proficiency
At the level of logic, we should be able to ask these two questions
- What is my money doing?
- Which direction is my money going?
Then at the level of SKILLS, we need to perform basic math operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. That’s it. And, for this, we have calculators, smart programs like MS Excel; and perhaps you also know of more applications.
On the name of “quality” and “standards” forcefully teaching high-end skills of math – trigonometry, algebra and endless list of theorems – it affectively disconnects the child from the subject, from the skills.
Think about it, discuss about it. If you have small kids to take care of, then, affectionately indicate to them that ultimately in life, they will need all that they have already learned at primary classes.
I personally feel that process of education should make the life and life-decisions easier, and not make it more complicated.