History vs Maths

Greetings. I’ve always been interested in these two subjects as a personal preference. I also believe in the belief that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. But how exactly is History learnt? How exactly is Maths learnt? I would like to take a closer look at this.

Well we all know that History is learning about the past. Events that we weren’t alive for (and admittedly some of those events were much more exciting than stuff we’re seeing today) and an opportunity to learn about those events. As well as learn how was information learnt back then and the people who lived back then. What were they like? Knowledge in history is like a family heirloom. It gets passed from generation to generation and with each passing generation, it deteriorates a bit. Some pieces of knowledge are lost to the ages never to be recovered and the lucky pieces we do get offer amazing insight to what really happened back then. Obviously our main sources of knowledge come from people who were alive when the event took place as some documentaries about the world wars show us. Diary entries and newspaper clippings from the time also give us knowledge. In History we also learn whether information is reliable or not. Some pieces of media have proven to be biased in a certain way, to appeal to a certain audience and ultimately, blocking out true understanding on the topic. Professional historians know this and try to read in between the lines. In Maths however it’s a bit different.

In Maths, there is no need to read in between the lines, no need to find out whether information is reliable. In Maths, the numbers indicate the answer and the answer is absolute. There is no room for debate. For example we all agree that 2+2=4. No one can deny that. Admittedly, this is why Maths is one of my least favourite subjects, because there is no wiggle room so to speak. In Maths, there is a formula that people must follow to complete the equation, and while there are different ways to tackle a question, the result is the same. In History, you can look from several different points of view that each have different answers on topic.

We all have our different perspectives and different opinions on topics. But if there is one thing we cannot argue on, it’s that 2+2=4.

New (Academic) Year, New World

Halliday, Liam – CAS & Me

Hello readers of my blog! How are you doing? My name is Liam Halliday, a half English-Indonesian student and I am currently 16 years old. A newcomer to the IB programme and will be graduating in 2018 (hopefully). Here I am going to tell you about how my first steps in this new world felt like.

First coming back into this school after the long, exciting summer, I felt nervous. Not only because I’ll be back into daily school life again but because of a new uniform. A bright white shirt that signals to everyone “That’s an IB student and they’re going to be working hard.” And that’s no joke. The first week of IB already has me up all night doing work and studying. But with a little time management and organisation, I’m sure I can get rid of the problem. No longer an IGCSE student, but a mature, young man who is preparing for the real world.

CAS is one of things I’ve been hearing about in school. And in IB, we get a greater insight to what that is. Obviously, we’re going to be working with Sekolah BISA as majority of IB students who work on their CAS projects do. Optimal Health is an ongoing CAS project that I’m interested in that requires checking up on the students in Sekolah BISA’s well being. The Sekolah BISA choir also seems interesting since I love music and teaching the kids to sing would be very rewarding and entertaining. Another idea that popped up to mind is teaching the kids instruments. If the kids can be taught how to sing, why shouldn’t they learn to play instruments either?

Well in IB, I doubt that I’ll have a lot of free time on my hands considering the fact that it takes me more than an hour to get home from school. But I definitely love music and playing piano and violin is one of my talents and I love playing them both. I am also interested in composing in my free time if any ideas spring to mind. So far, I have been doing well in Biology and Chemistry so a possible career in Biochemistry could be open to me.

Hopefully my time in IB will be rewarding and fun. Granted it will be tough, and adjusting into this new world will be hard. But I am confident that I will cope!