Printed on: November 27, 2012
Received Nov. 15
Debu Majumdar, (Nov 14 guest column) I'm glad I finally found an area of agreement with you. I had the privilege of substitute teaching and tutoring for about 10 years after I retired as a physical chemist. I must have tutored more than 50 students in math during that time.
I had the students break the problems into smaller parts, solve the parts, then put the parts all together for the solution. Isn't that what we do with the problems we have in life?
I found the students who can get A's in other courses can also get high grades in math. Also, students who can get high grades in math can get good grades in their other courses. I think our students are as good as students from other countries.
I was reading that our students are behind when they graduate from high school; but, they catch up about the time they are sophomores in college. So, the end result may be that they become competitive and competent before they graduate from college. I guess college makes them grow up.
The sad thing is: for every student who earns an advanced degree, there are 20 others who are smart enough to do the same thing if they choose. Perhaps the greatest gift this country has given its youth (in addition to freedom) is to broaden their gene pool more than in any other nation on earth. (Word count: 237)