MK Meir Sheetrit 311 Ariel.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Student shortcomings in math, physics and biology are the direct result of the
state’s neglect to fund such fields sufficiently, MK Meir Sheetrit (Kadima),
chairman of the Knesset’s Science and Technology Committee, said on
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“When the education system stops investing money in mathematics,
physics, and biology studies by the 10th grade, it’s no wonder that when
students get to university they have no knowledge and drop out of their
studies,” he said.
Sheetrit added that “mathematics, physics and biology
are the basis of every scientific research study, and without investment
beginning in elementary school, we will find ourselves regressing decades in
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Also on Monday, the Council for Higher Education issued a
report that found the nation’s universities are severely deficient in the
teaching of mathematics.
A glaring shortcoming also exists in students’
pre-university mathematics education, which the report says is reflected in high
freshman drop-out rates, and low grades in introductory courses. It also found
that a disproportionately few students choose to major in mathematics and that
those who do typically lag behind their foreign counterparts.
report’s recommendations is a proposal to increase mathematics bachelor’s degree
study tracks from three years to four, to allow for an initial year in which
students are taught basic material to fill gaps left from their high school
education. The council added that such a proposal could result in even fewer
students majoring in mathematics than today.