Well that's one stupid student - I could have told you which end of a thermometer went in the water since I was about 4.Last year I was sharing a house with a teenager who had absolutely no idea that you could even put a plug on a cable, let alone how to actually wire one. This isn't particularly a fault since all devices now come with plugs attached but it does show that what you or I take for granted is often novel to other generations.
- In maths you get taught an awful lot of theoretical calculations but due to the way the mark schemes are set up - in most schools you won't get told any applications for any of these, why you'd use them etc. because you don't need to be taught that - which puts a lot of people off (it put me off).Indeed. I hated maths at school and when I got to uni I was forced into a foundation maths course despite doing computer science course which included a maths for comp sci module. I was fine with discreet stuff and logic but couldn't be arsed with imaginary numbers and the like.
I now spend my working life managing data, including generating reports and statistics. Wish I'd paid more attention at school but doing stuff to lists of numbers was dull.
For that reason, I'm seriously thinking of doing something to try and help this sorry state of affairs - teaching kids what they should know to get into modern technologies - teaching them how to use and understand a computer, what electronics actually do, how theoretical physics and maths links into programming and software, what kinds of products can be made (what and where they are used) etc.
go for it!