A recently released research paper, "Trend in International Mathematics and Science Study" by The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, suggests that the scores of Thai Prathom 4 and Mathayom 2 students in science and mathematics are "poor", and that things are likely to get worse. Guru, as a magazine that is truly concerned with social issues, has come up with five ways to help our kids improve on the two gruelling subjects.
Calculation: Instead of letting your kids become obsessed with iPad games while you are stuck in traffic for hours, cursing away and hoping that cars will move by the power of your mind, encourage them to practice their calculation skills by adding up car licence plate numbers. But no cheating by using the calculator app on a smartphone.
Gravity: It's about time we admit that kids are too advanced and have progressed to the point that they are too clever to learn by reading. Why not turn those silly and useless books into experiment objects? Have them drop two books to the ground and once they see that objects fall at the same speed regardless of their weight, Galileo's ideas of gravity will be a piece of cake to understand.
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