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.
Speed of Light: Finally, living in a neighbourhood where dek vans like to show off their speed to their skois in the dead of night can be a blessing. Take your kids for a stroll at two in the morning and as they see the light from the dek van motorcycles before hearing the squealing sound, the light-travels-faster-than-sound theory is easily understood.
Estimation: With protests continually going on around the country, there's nowhere better than Thailand for kids to practice the skill of estimation. Have them divide the protest area by the approximate space each person uses to stand, and your kids will not only be able to estimate how many protesters there are this time, they will also be able to predict if our political situation is about to get worse as well.
Time and Distance: Teach your kids how to find the time it takes to travel from one place to another by using the distance and speed with which your car is moving. But be careful: You will never be able to fool them again when it comes to picking them up at school.
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Writer: Kaona Pongpipat