Students desperate for creativity

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I watched the now-famous video about maths triangles. It has got a lot of students talking. Some say the video is meaningless and selfish because the three students are being silly by shaking their hands to show SAS, SSS, ASA, and AAS, all of which deal with triangles.

But I think this is just what students want from their studies – more creativity.

Teenagers are under a lot of pressure at school. Many of them find that the teaching does not suit them. They try to adapt to these methods but to no avail.

I have a friend who is depressed because he can’t deal with the stress of his school results. He’s very sad and frustrated and hasn’t found a way to solve his problems.

But, back to the video. People say it’s poisonous because they can remember it so easily. Teachers say that it’s good for students because it helps them to remember this section of maths.

I think it shows how boring our school lessons are. It seems teachers can’t make them interesting or memorable for us, and we lack the creativity to do it ourselves.

We should come up with ways to improve our education system.

Mabel Chan, Leung Shek Chee College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Mabel. First of all, let’s commend the students of Methodist College on their creativity and hard word. I know I’ll never forget how to compare triangles and I don’t even do maths.

I am sorry to hear about your friend. I know a lot of students feel the same way about school. Hopefully he has other happy times in his life to balance his misery in class.

I also know that many teachers work very hard to find creative ways of teaching their students, but feel a lack of enthusiasm in return.

And the education system asks a lot from students. But, students going through the system at the moment are stuck with it. It isn’t going to change anytime soon.

So perhaps the best way to deal with the boredom, the difficulty and the misery is to try to find one interesting fact about the subjects you do, and then talk about it to a classmate. That way you will exchange ideas and perhaps your teacher will join in.

Let us know how it goes.

Susan, Editor