A hundred years ago Nov. 19, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (November 19, 1919): Elementary Mathematics Association.

The second meeting of the Association was held at 4.15 P.M. on the 15th instant., at the Hindu High School, Triplicane, with Mr. K.R. Ramasami Aiyangar M.A. L.T. in the Chair, when Mr. K. T. Sundara Rajachariar B.A. L.T. delivered a lecture on “The Present Day Mathematics Teacher.” The lecturer pointed out one improvement at the present day that the subject was taught only by teachers who had specialised in it; another distinct advantage was that the old hard and fast lines between Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry had been broken through, and the subject now lent itself to a harmonious development as one whole. But the Mathematic teacher had yet to face a number of difficulties in his way, chief among them being the want of a common syllabus, absence in the school libraries of up-to-date books on method and subject-matter, want of adequate co-ordination of the work of the lower forms with that of the higher, the medium of instruction, and lastly the widely differing aptitudes of pupils for the subject, especially in large classes of forty.

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