I hate being the first to tell you that mathematics has
never been liked by many people since the beginning of time. I hope I am not
the first to tell you this? Why have many people out of the many subjects
thought in schools just decided to give hatred to math? I used to hate math at
the basic school. Now math is the subject I like best. I think that is the
reason why I am offering BSc. Pure Mathematics at the University. I have always
been trying hard to find an answer to this question and have ended up having
more than one answer. I am convinced I am not the first person to take up this
headache upon myself.

**Math is poorly taught in schools**

Math is poorly taught in schools of all levels. Some
teachers read out what they have also read to students. Sometimes without any
explanation, probably they do not also understand. If that is the case, then I
will say that is hypocrisy on their part to pretend to know what they not know.
Gordon Barker on March 7, 2013, said, most math teachers should be put against
a wall and shot. He argued that math is taught badly at all levels (including
first Year University) with no connection to real world. Not a quote though.
This really kills the desire of most students to pursue math in higher levels
and also increasing their hatred for it.

**Passing of antipathy on to kids by parents and role models**

It is sad to know that the perception of most people that
math is difficult is as a result of antipathy passed on to them by parents or row
models. A woman told the daughter who failed a math paper in the open air, not
to worry at all since math is difficult and that she herself wasn’t good at it
when she was in school. This woman indirectly has killed the daughters’ zeal
that she might have had to learn math. So it is evidently clear that no matter
the effort of the teacher, this girl cannot make it in math. She will always be
consoled by the fact that her mother was not also good at it so what’s the big
deal. There was a case, back at the primary school, where my math teacher was
solving a math problem and made a mistake along the line and when it was
pointed out to him, he simply said “adwen no nnye mma maths.” This is Asante
Twi, meaning the brain is not good for math. We laughed and were consoled that
after all, our math teacher’s brain is not also good for doing math, how much
more we children.

**Absence of constant practice**

Math and constant practice are synonymous. Due to laziness
or other reasons for people to constantly practice math, they end up forgetting
the basic things in math that are must-know to the problem to be solved. I
think I now know why I did not like math at the basic school. In the Senior
High School, I started learning math regularly and I made sure I was always ahead
of my math teacher. Within some few months in the Senior High School, my
interest in math started increasing and I eventually became one of the best
students in math in my class. Now I think working math questions is my hobby.
So most people do not practice constantly and so forget the basic concepts in
math and end up hating it because they lack the basic concepts to solve any
math problem. An example, to compute 64 ÷ 8, one must know the times table for
8. That is, one must know that, 8 × 8 is 64.

**Poor preparation on the part of some teachers before going to teach a lesson**

It sometimes baffles my mind why some teachers enter the
class to teach without doing any good preparation or having a well prepared
lesson notes by them. This constant practice in math applies to everyone,
whether a teacher or a student of any level. Some teachers go to the classroom
having done barely any preparation. They end up in the class not being able to
solve a particular math problem. When the students become fully convinced that
their teacher could not solve a math problem, they also relent in their effort
to learn math since even their teacher could not also do so.

**Lack of good fundamental preparation**

Luck of good fundamental preparation is factor to most
people hating math. Most people do not like mathematics because they are not
good at it. They are not good at it because they might not have the basic
preparation. As stated earlier, people begin to hate math if they do not have knowledge
on the basic concepts of math. Children are not thought basic concepts in math
as the way they are thought poems. If basic math concepts were made known to
basic school children as poems in the basic schools, the issue of someone
growing to hate math would reduce. For instance, I do not know the number of
days in the months of the year off head. I can only tell you the number of days
in a particular month of the year by reciting a poem in my head. There are some
things I do remember now only by singing a song or by reciting a poem. Math has
not been taught that way. I wish I could come out with a song or a poem
containing most of the basic concepts in math which would be taught in basic
schools to children, so that as they go physically, they also grow mentally
with math concepts. I am sure someone is good at writing songs or writing poems
and is reading this article of mine. This person I hope will be touched and
will come out with a very nice song or poem that will make children like math.

**Is math a language?**

**This I came across, in a comment by someone to an article. This is from John Giano, March 8, 2013, “I think you hit the nail on the head. Math is a language. It is a set of symbols and concepts that relate and work together. Why everyone hate’s math is probably because the language is not spoken from birth and its rarely spoken in a dialect that people can understand. For most people, it will be like trying to learn Japanese; reading it as a native English speaker, and having the instructor pronouncing with a Russian accent.” A Nigerian comedian also joked about this issue of math in one of his comedies using a scenario; a teacher giving an expression like 2x +3 = 4 and asking the students to find x when x is already in the expression, not a quote though. His argument is valid. The math language used is not understood by many and is barely made to be understood.**

**No sense of application of math**

Math as thought in most cases is not pointed out what the
application of that topic in real life situations is. What math seeks to do is
prepare the individual and providing him with the basic concepts to be applied
in the next difficult topics. Math for example, prepares an individual in
pre-calculus for calculus. Maths is thought as if we were going to be students
forever without having to apply the concepts in normal life activities. I
remember I once asked my math teacher what the importance of construction was.
I was given a bogus answer. He only told me, “You will know its importance as
you go higher.” Where is this higher everyone talk about?

**Who likes to told openly that he’s wrong**

If you are the type who hates to be told the simple truth
that you are wrong, then, you will think math is not your field. Math has a
unique answer to a particular problem and you cannot have two different answers
to the same math problem. All these answers are expected to be proven, some in
a somewhat simple way, some too, very abstract. In any given math problem, one
is expected to follow some specific procedures in coming up with that answer,
if not, wrong!! Math is unlike those other subjects where you may be asked a
question and you are expected to share your ideas. Your ideas no matter what,
cannot be totally marked as wrong.

This math is issue is a problem of the whole universe. Your
comments to this article will be very necessary for coming out with a solution
to it. There is this video; “Khan academic video” that I will like people to
watch in order to build their desire for math. I also recommend the article
titled, “Six Easy Ways of Performing Arithmetic Computations” and also a book
titled “EASY WAYS FOR PERFORMING ARITHMETIC COMPUTATIONS BY: BAGILIKO JOHN”.
They seek to prove to readers how computations in arithmetic or math can be
made so easily and interesting.

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