It is a common phenomenon for children to be afraid of math. Majority of the school children are fighting a secret war with this fear. But Robert Sun, president, Suntex International Inc, believes that this fear arrives due to lack of practice.
He talks about the essence of learning math. He says, “What I found with math is that it’s a skill. For any acquired skill there are two parts to the learning process, the first part is the conceptual understanding, that is the responsibility of schools, that is what the teachers do and the second part is the doing part which is practice, where the kids master and internalise the skill, that is the load kids have to carry. When kids don’t practice math that load gets transferred to the schools and that is why schools have such a hard time. So I always wanted kids to practice math like they like to practice music or sport.”
He talks about the importance of feedback in the student’s approach towards math. “Our physical senses are useless in telling us if we are doing math right or wrong. We don’t have a built-in feedback mechanism which would tell us if we’re doing math correctly. It’s like asking a child to play cricket with a blindfold on.”
Robert Sun, president, Suntex International Inc was here in the city to promote ‘First in Math Online’, an online programme that help students from class 1-8 become good in math.
Robert Sun is an inventor, engineer and entrepreneur and holder of numerous US patents. He also holds numerous copyrights in the field of educational games that have produced over $50 million in sales.