__Est-ce que vous vous êtes déjà demandé quel
__pourcentage de la poussière que vous nettoyez sur vos
__meubles est de la poussière interstellaire ? Mais si,
__je vous assure c'est une question sérieuse !!
Brian, prof de maths
Au début des année 70, avant Queen, Brian a donné des cours de maths, mais dans une école d'une région très pauvre.
Voilà ce qu'il raconte :
__"It turned into something I really enjoyed, it was very challenging.
__The biggest challenge was to get people to stay in their seats - seriously! It was quite difficult. [...]
__The kids were bored more than anything else.
__I had a great advantage because I was young and could speak to them in their own language.
__I always enjoyed maths and was able to make it feel fun to them.
__Maths gets a bad reputation becuse it's portrayed as boring. But if you draw
__pictures or give enough examples, it's not. I used betting on horses to teach
__statistics which you wouldn't perhaps normally do."
But there were problems. Brian recalls:
__I tried to teach the second form rectangles, pentagons and hexangles.
__I had this idea of letting them cut up coloured paper with scissors. The staff said 'You are seriously going to take scissors
__into the second form?'
__ Half an hour into the lesson they were all attacking each other with scissors - ears, feet and hands were getting cut and
__there was blood and paper everywhere. I remember thinking: 'I will never try this again'.
__But I did have a fantstic time teaching. We had a laugh. The biggest reward was the kids that stayed on to get exams."
Brian believes maths has a bad image because it's so often taught badly.
__ "There was so much of this learning by rote and making people learn techniques they were never going to use in life.
__It put them off. My solution was to draw a picture. If you have a problem and draw a picture, a graph, a pie chart, you
__imagine it as a real problem rather than a jumble of figures.
__ I got that from my dad. If I ever had a problem at school, my dad would say: 'Right, draw a picture'. It works, even
__in quantum mechanics.
__ The good thing about maths is, if you get it right it gets a tick. If you can finally answer by any method whatsoever, you
__have answered the question."