blame the teachers who may write down the standards partlyfor this.What are the reasons for lack of math knowledge or skillsin our school children?
In the first place, I would state that the text books are written in such a bad fashion that it is difficult for thestudents to grasp the basic concepts directly.Pages and pages of texts with lot of photos and graphsclutter the text that essential facts are buried somewhere. It is alright for a bright, highly motivated student to plough through, but not useful for averagestudents.There are so many test questions and review questions which should be left for the teachers, not put in thetext.Giving hundreds of routine problems make the books bulkyand dull but do not add value to the learner.[The cost ofthe books also shoot up.!]Look at the problem sets.Instead of giving simpleexercises first, it is usually a jumble.Some text books dothe obvious easy apth--just give number of problems of thesame type, changing some numbers.