September 04, 2006

Need more math students? Give 'em cash!

An Oxford college head has suggested cash incentives to lure more students into taking maths to A-level.

What caught my attention, tho, was the photo caption:

Maths has been losing popularity to less academic subjects

So “academic” means “difficult”?

 

Or perhaps History, English, in fact all the "arts" subjects, are "less academic" than the sciences? Maybe it's just me, but this strikes me as the kind of detail an editor is paid to spot before it is printed for the world to see.

1 comment:

Artichoke said...

Perhaps it is not to do with "perceived difficulty" at all - rather the irrelevance of school mathematics to learning what it is to be human -

Check out Why Teach Mathematics?