The World-Leading Indian Mathematics Curriculum
Mathematics began in India over two-thousand years before the Common Era, with evidence from the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization and the Iron Age Vedic Culture’s remains, showing much evidence of foundational mathematical concepts.
From this point onwards, Indians began formalizing much of the mathematical standards that the world uses today. We wouldn’t have ‘0’, negative numbers, algebra, or arithmetic today if it wasn’t for the genius of the Indian forefathers of mathematics.
Indian mathematical systems were then passed on, generation after generation, through oral reciting which was drilled into young students, much like how young, foundational students learn addition, multiplication, and addition today.
These systems eventually proliferated into the rest of the Middle East, and it wasn’t long before Europe began discovering and integrating these constructs into their mathematics.
Nowadays, Indian schools have a fixed national curriculum, which all schools adhere to. Mathematics is something that is taught in the exact same way across the country, and everyone is on the same page.
It was in 2007 that much of the Eastern world caught on to Indian mathematical techniques, with textbooks and guides suddenly appearing in school libraries in countries like Japan. The innovative and highly successful mathematical drill techniques that Indians pioneered have become integrated into foreign classrooms.
Japan, in particular, has turned to Indian aid for boosting their students’ mathematical performances, something that began sliding behind nearby countries like South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. International Indian schools suddenly saw a surge in Japanese applicants.
It isn’t just Japan that became fascinated with Indian teaching methods and mathematical prowess. American educational systems have also begun approaching the leaders in Indian education for advice, implementing some of their standards and applications into specialized teaching systems.
One of the most prominent programs incorporating Indian methodology into Western curriculums was founded by Bob Compton. This American philanthropist spent a good amount of time touring Indian schools, from preschools to high schools. He was both shocked and amazed to see how far ahead Indian students were compared to American ones, with Indian pre-schoolers being around two years ahead of American ones.
With the help of his partner Suresh, Compton developed a highly successful online test which assesses a child’s personal mathematical standards, using Indian children’s abilities as a benchmark for comparison.
India is undoubtedly a world leader in education. The people in this country have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, one that can only be satiated by turning whatever they are working on into a commendable success. The Indian curriculum, not just those in mathematics, are among the best in the world.