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 參加 IYMC 感言

I am Chiu, Yu-Cheng, an 8th grade student from Washington High School. I attended the 5th International Young Mathematicians’ Convention(IYMC), held in Lucknow, India, from November 30th to December 6th. I had an unforgettable experience when attending this activity.
This is my fifth time to attend this kind of International mathematics competition. During the competition, there were many different kinds of contests, such as relay rounds, math quizzes, individual contests, team contests and math fairs. I like the math quiz best. In the math quiz, every team had to compete in the first round with twenty-five questions. After answering all twenty-five questions right, the team could get into the second round. Because of our team’s hard work, we advanced to the second round. In the second round, every team needed to compete with each other on the stage at the same time. If the team gave the right answer first, they got the points. And vice versa. In this round, we lost ten points because one of the teammates was so nervous that he answered with Chinese instead of English. Hence, we got fourth place. This was a great experience for every one of us.
I think IYMC is quite different from other international mathematics competitions. The reasons why I think it is a special competition are as follows. First, IYMC delivered a lot of speeches about the importance of unity and peace besides competitions. By holding this mathematicians’ convention, they hoped that young students from different countries could work together and save the Earth. Second, it gave us a good opportunity to practice our English. For example, there was an activity called “ the culture night”. We talked, chatted, and communicated in English happily. We exchanged gifts with each other and learned the different cultures from the contestants from other countries. I realized that many contestants came from different countries. The team that lived next to us was from Philippines.We played games with the Philippines and had a great time on that night. Third, it was a good place to make friends with other contestants. Because every one of us is interested in mathematics, to become friends will be easier for us when we have the same hobby. Also, I could broaden my horizons. This Convention provided me a good chance to learn more and develop a global perspective. There was only one thing I was not satisfied with. I hope that our government can put more efforts on education, and support and encourage students to attend such international activities. Like the contestants from Philippines, their country fully supported them and even hired a good teacher to give them good training. They were well-prepared that they did well on the individual contests and team contests. Another example is that the number of students each country sent to attend this activity. Unlike other countries sending a lot of students to this activity, we only had six students to participate in IYMC. Now,Chiuchang Mathematics Education Foundation has been helping Taiwan students who are going to attend international competitions. I hope our government can also give us more support.
Before we returned to Taiwan, we had a one-day trip in Delhi. We had a delicious lunch at a great hotel at local. We were asked to have a security check before we went into the hotel. While our parents were enjoying shopping, buying scarves, we children were having a wonderful meal. It was the best meal we had in India. In the afternoon, we went to Swaminarayan Akshardham, an enormous and glorious Buddhism temple in India. I was so amazed that it was not financed by Indian government but by one monk. There was a big contrast in India. We could see luxurious and beautiful buildings such as Delhi airport, school CMS, and etc.., but there were a lot of slums in the Indian society, too.
After attending this Convention, I learned a lot that couldn’t be taught at school. What I learned contained not only mathematics but also different cultures, peace and friendship development. This was a great experience for the attendants, and I really appreciated to have the chance to attend IYMC. The contest was important, but other experience was far more educational to me. I realized that it was important to understand and appreciate different cultures and maintain a good relationship with people. All in all, it was a unforgettable experience and precious trip for me.

臺中市華盛頓中學 邱禹埕


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 Re: 參加 IYMC 感言

印度之行-大開眼界。
得知可造訪印度,心中忐忑不安,既期待又怕受傷害。大夥兒11/30下午出發至華航第一航廈集合,華航服務台擺個大烏龍說大會主席孫文先老師不能前往印度,由於當地有規定二個月內不能出入境二次以上,老師趕緊辦香港落地簽,華航空服員則催促我們進入登機門。下午4點多飛機即將起飛,我們迅速登上飛機,不久,老師也及時趕到,稍早的烏龍,幸好只是虛驚一場。我們到香港之後,等待片刻就轉機至新德里,一抵達當地,那時已經半夜,但是機場外依舊燈火通明,人行道上都還是人山人海,我驚訝於這個不夜城的美麗,置身於其中的我甚至也忘了時間已那麼晚了!剛下飛機的我和那群印度人一樣的精神百倍,心中充滿了無限的期待!經常出遊的人都會知道,抵達一個新的地方時,第一件事情就是搭著巴士前往下榻的飯店或旅館,卸下一身重重的行李,我們也不例外,過境旅館派了三部類似March般的小車,行李通通用徒手方式搬上巴士的車頂排好,但是我們一直強調要把行李用繩子固定住行李,以免讓它在行進中滑落,最後工作人員也與我們達成協議。行進中,伴隨我們的是汽車呼嘯而過的聲音,而在這聲音中似乎還帶點吵雜聲,因為在印度的人們非常喜歡使用汽車的喇叭,使用率可說高達百分之百,一但前方汽車擋到路,不管時間多麼晚,喇叭都會用力的按下去,這一點讓我感到非常驚奇,不過聽了那麼多天的喇叭聲,確實不太舒服。回台灣後,走在路上不論騎車或坐車總感覺少了點什麼,不知不覺中我似乎已習慣印度馬路上的喇叭聲!這是離開台北-抵達的印度第一個趣事。隔天,一大清早用完早餐又轉國內班機至(Lucknow),到印度機場真是一關接著一關,重重關卡。印度之行其實並沒有大家想像的差 (指環境衛生的部份),吃、住都在CMS學校。當天在(Lucknow)機場CMS創辦人甘地帶領CMS校長及許多師長、學生們來機場熱情迎接我們,也準備了豐盛的Tea time款待,接著就來到了CMS校區門口,舉行了歡迎儀式,曾元媽媽帶領著考生們到報到區,領取識別證及大會紀念品,最後,才把行囊放至學校宿舍裡。
CMS是全世界最大的蒙特梭利學校,約有45000名學生,打破金氏世界紀錄,該校現有2500多名教師,20多所分校以及1000多間教室,據報導,每年約有30多場比賽活動在CMS舉辦。
第二天,考生們就由CMS大哥哥大姐姐們帶領,接受當地的文化洗禮。隨行的領隊及家長就跟著校方招待二部交通車至應有盡有的Shopping mall購物,到達目的地一看的確真是有夠大,入場需10元盧比,人潮源源不絕的進入、永無間斷,校方人員約好5點鐘回程接我們,我們四位媽媽逛了一圈都兩手空空,一會兒就回到入口處等大家,在等待的時侯,見識到印度第二趣事,哇!原來女生的沙麗就是這麼用的。Shopping mall的地方沒有公共廁所,大夥兒都在我們附近找個空曠處裙擺一掀就地小解,不分年幼老少都是如此。印度第三趣事-出Shopping mall時天色已晚,我們是被後面的人擠出門口的,當時心理還想,如果不小心跌倒就會莫名其妙的被踩死吧,真是嚇人!
第三天我們與蔡校長及孫老師搭學校老師的轎車深入印度市集、商店 …等,見識到印度的”亂 ”、”吵 ”、道路窄、車輛多、人多、牲畜多 …。要不是有伴,不然走在路上就像動物園裡的稀有動物一般,被瞧的亂不自在的,那裡沒有紅綠燈,過馬路是相當刺激又危險的一件事。聽老師說當地車禍事故幾乎沒有,我才發現原來台北的交通不是最亂的。當地的東西大多物美價廉,完全不曉得要買什麼紀念品,參考了邱媽媽,買了七星級杜拜飯店用的MEDIMIX香皂/全英國最大品牌Brooke Bond拉茶/泰姬瑪哈陵紅茶包和少許護唇膏,我們不敢待太晚,老師們也需要回學校演講,下午便送我們回學校了,不過老師允諾晚上會有人再帶我們出來,果真,有位男老師要帶我們去市集找喀什米爾PASHMINA羔羊毛披肩,印度第四趣事就是在這時產生的,當時是下班時間,人潮、車潮、豬牛羊充斥在路上加上空氣烏煙瘴氣的, 沿路都還攔不到車,我們一邊走一邊攔車及閃車,後來走了三公里才到目的地,也真佩服自己,在吵雜的人聲中與一直發出響亮喇叭聲的穿梭車陣裡。這趟大採購可說是滿載而歸,回程我們搭了嘟嘟車回學校,第一次坐這種交通工具,充滿好奇及開心,大夥兒笑得合不攏嘴。
第四天,考生們都得到心目中的好成績也增廣見聞了許多,很快地,我們就要離開CMS回到新德里,在這邊雖然也是人多、車多,但空氣品質及大環境都還算不錯,路邊街景很有趣,有人當街洗澡、有人面壁小解,在這我們終於看到了久違的紅綠燈,沿路還可看到馬車及年少的騎士,真是帥呆了。老師向當地打聽到了The LaLiT New Delhi五星級飯店,我們中午就選擇了在The LaLiT New Delhi吃飯,菜色全都是用咖哩來烹飪,味道美極了,大夥兒讚不絕口。在那,我們也血拼不少喀什米爾PASHMINA羔羊毛披肩。接下來,我們到了印度教斯瓦米納拉揚神廟Swaminarayan Akshardham,來到這堿蛪穚}闊,非常舒適,讓人心曠神怡。這個寺廟和廣場十分美麗寧靜,在這發生了印度第五趣事-進入寺廟裡不可穿皮鞋,只能穿輕便拖鞋進入寺廟和光著腳丫,也不可帶包包及手機/拍照等,隨身只能帶錢包與護照,這個建築棒極了。商店裡有有趣的東西,在那大家享用了當地香濃羊乳製的冰淇淋,質量好、口味佳,價格合理。這個聖殿的每一處,每一角都是上層雕刻的藝術作品,在牆上、在天花板上、在門上、在柱子上、成千成萬的神明、和尚、僧生、信徒、孔鵲、花朵、大象,在舞動著… 在飛舞著… 在歌唱著…,你不能相信它們不是活的,因為它們是如此地真,每個人動作不同,表情不同,甚至象神乾巴第爸爸也有著千萬個動作,現代人還有如此的耐心,毅力與技巧來完成此千古的巨作,我想不是因為宗教上的虔信力量,是無法做到的。
印度的貧富差距非常大,富有的人我不了解,但窮苦的人會讓我想到,小孩何其無辜,誕生後就註定要過著乞討的生活。我何其幸運,能生長在台灣,要珍惜呢 !!( 沒 $$ 移民,只好多走走,生活不如台灣的國家,要知道比上不足比下有餘 )。就遇到一些事會變的比較不會計較,也很知足,想想他們就會覺得我很幸福了,“明天不知道會發生什麼事,所以要快樂一點”在那種生活環境中,還能有樂觀的想法,是讓我最佩服的,說不定我還會再造訪一次印度呢!
這次到印度,很可惜無法見識到舉世聞名〝泰姬瑪哈陵〞不過這趟旅行也算心滿意足,回國許久,印度的髒亂,交通的混亂及乞討的眼神,總是在腦海裡揮之不去,但是印度也有我們值得讚許的一面,周遭的人都蠻友善的,真誠的笑容讓人很窩心。這也印證了一句話,笑容是全世界共通的語言呢!
我想,這就是所謂的百聞不如一見,以前聽說印度是很落後的國家,但這幾年來外包產業的發展,讓印度幾個大城市繁榮了起來,我可說是對印度改觀了許多呢!這次真的很感謝九章數學教育基金會,讓我們有這個機會能造訪金磚四國之一的印度,希望藉由九章俱樂部的小種子們在不久的將來可以在世界各地的角落發光發熱,繼續與大家分享、學習數學的快樂。

敦化國中邱可為的媽媽


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 2012-12-28 01:27個人資料傳送 Email 給 孫文先
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 Re: 參加 IYMC 感言

廖芮茵的印度之感

2012年的「國際青少年數學家會議」(International Young Mathematicians’ Convention 2012, IYMC-2012)於十二月一日至四日在印度北方邦的首府勒克瑙(Lucknow) City Montessori School 舉行,這次比賽共有來自世界各地18個國家或地區組成高中組56隊、國中組78隊參賽,我們台灣共派出六位選手參賽。於是在11月30日選手與隨行家長們抱著為國爭光勢在必得的旺盛士氣,揮別了台北陰霾溼冷的天氣,由桃園搭機飛香港後轉機至印度新德里,再轉機到比賽的地點勒克瑙。
在漫長無聊等待轉機的當下,致力於台灣數學教育不遺餘力的九章數學基金會董事長孫文先先生,充分利用時間對選手們面授機宜,再三囑咐良好的學習態度和答題技巧,看著他頭頂上冒出的斑白髮絲,深深為這位不求名利,免費提供場地给愛好數學學習者空間,時常鼓勵缺乏自信的孩子們,而對自傲的則給予謙虛棒喝的長者,我對他的欽佩敬仰之情油然而生。相對於台灣目今數學補習班到處林立,教學者領豐厚的酬金,只求背誦公式速成而忽略學習過程的理解,孫老師的教學迥異於此,孔子說:「君子憂道不憂貧」,孫老師就是展現這種難得的境界。
飛機在半夜到達印度新德里機場。為了有好體力以便應戰,家長們催促參賽的孩子們先在旅館短暫的補眠。12月1日我們終於千里迢迢地來到勒克瑙。當我們攜帶著國旗步出機場時,主辦單位早已在地上鋪上迎賓紅毯迎接我們,在古典優揚的樂聲中,大會主席及學校長官們熱情地為我們戴上美麗的花環,讓遠道而來的我們倍感親切。
合影留念完後,我們搭乘主辦學校的專車到Montessori School報到。城市蒙特梭利學校是一所私立小學,環境整齊優雅,由Jagdish和Bharti Gandhi於1959年創建,它是世界上最大的學校,擁有超過40000名學生,因學校極力推展促進和平與寬容的普世價值觀的教育,所以在2002年被授予聯合國教科文組織和平教育獎,這也是世界上第一所獲此殊榮的學校,而每年在此舉辦的國際賽事就有30多場,以宣導世界團結與和平為最高目的。
所有的參賽選手都被安排住進學校的宿舍,台灣的隨行家長則住在隔壁房間,以便能就近照顧,展現了主辦單位的貼心安排。比賽一連舉辦兩天,參賽選手必須完成團隊接力賽、個人賽、隊際賽、團體賽、機智搶答,試題全部用英文敘述,並且要求用英文作答,這樣的比賽方式對台灣的教育內容與技巧具有高度的考驗性。經過緊湊的競賽,我國選手在個人賽及隊際賽項目中成績表現優異,共獲得個人賽三金三銀、隊際賽一金一銀。由印度Uttar Pradesh省教育廳主任秘書Mr. Partha Sarthi Sen Sharma親自頒獎給我代表隊,我們的選手高舉國旗入場領獎,當看到青天白日滿地紅的國旗在會場飄揚時,深為這六位為國爭光的孩子感到榮耀,內心激動得熱淚盈眶。
文化之夜我代表隊表演舞獅民俗文藝,廣獲好評,藉此讓與會各國參賽選手、領隊、觀察員及來賓進一步認識我國風土民情與文化。我代表隊的選手們和來自不同國家或地區的隊伍進行交流,互相交換學習數學的心得與經驗,談論各國奇聞軼事與文化,並且互相交換紀念品,尤其是代表隊表演的獅頭道具更被視為珍寶,在為我國做好國民外交的同時,大家也都留下深厚的情誼。
印度是歷史悠久的文明古國,不論在經濟社會、文化遺產、旅遊資源上都擁有絢麗的豐富性和多樣性。在比賽結束後,我們參觀了新德里排名第一的景點Swaminarayan Akshardham,無論紀念碑或雕像其精雕細琢的華麗程度令人歎為觀止,而寬闊的花園和舒適的噴泉廣場則讓人心曠神怡。近年來印度銳意改革,在天體物理、空間技術、分子生物、電子技術等高科技领域都已達到相當的水準。以前為人所詬病的滿街伸手乞討的乞丐和隨處漫步的牛隻,此次已較少見,但交通還是令人不敢恭維:震耳欲聾的喇叭聲、駢肩交錯的稠密人群,但奇怪的是雖然沒有紅綠燈,但大家亂中有序,鮮少看到車禍事故,嘟嘟車隨招隨停,卻又隨時可以上下客,這真是既矛盾又協調的奇觀。我還很欣賞印度人做生意時所具有的耐性與軔性—依顧客的要求,一一展示一條又一條的紗麗,儘管到最後交易沒成功,他們沒有口出惡言,臉上也沒有慍色,修養真好!
為期6天的印度之行終也匆匆結束了!感謝九章數學基金會提供了此次難得的競賽機會,尤其孫老師最為勞苦功高,也感謝隨行的其他家長們大家互相照應鼓勵,只是台灣的教育當局更應加油,請給這些民間有心數學教育者多點支持與鼓勵,他們是台灣數學教育幕後的大英雄!

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IYMC 賽後心得感想

It was a pleasure day. I was well seated in the business class of China Airline’s aircraft. Looking out of the double-sided window, the light houses and the numerous buildings started to vanish under my feet. But my heart was gravitated by those invisible waving hands and enthusiastic calling from Lucknow, India. It’s my great honor to attend “The Fifth Young Mathematicians’ Convention”, hold by City Montessori School. It was a great opportunity to gain my world wide view and improve my mathematics skill. I will cherish every precious second with my tour group and hold up the enthusiasm with math.
It took us three flights to travel to India. The destination of the first flight is Hong-Kong. After we got to the arrival, we immediately made a transit to India’s capital—New Delhi. We arrived there at India’s local time at nearly 12:00 midnight. So, we took a temporarily rest at a lovely hotel near the airport for one night.
On the following day, we got on the small aircraft on jet airline and travel to Lucknow with happy moods.
Just as we arrived at the local airport in Lucknow, the organizers of the 5th IYMC have arranged a welcome band for every country. Staffs wore flower rings on our neck and their eyes revealed happiness for welcoming guests. Then, the founder of the CMS City Montessori School, Dr.Gandhi appeared in front of us. He gave us many delicious cookies and fruity juices sincerely, we enjoyed it a lot. He also behaved like an old friend of our leader. On the way to CMS in the school bus, we chatted happily and laugh loudly. Everyone had a good time!
Along the way, I saw many cows moseying down the avenue and gazing up the grass, but one thing interesting is that even if they occupied the whole road, the cars will wait them until they go. It is quite amazing in Taiwan if a cow run into the street and stood in the middle of the road!
At last, we arrived at our destination, but when I looked out of the window from the bus, I was shocked by the building. Impressively and lavishly decorated white townhouses appeared in front of us. As we walked into the campus, everyone was praising and amazing by the colorful statues and the greenish spirits ornamented in everywhere. I think it is a separated, peace world in India. This also gave me a completely different impression of India.
First, we went registration and got candidates’ jackets and bags. After the official process, we then have a local lunch at the cafeteria in the campus. At last, we can take a rest at the dormitory of Taiwan team. In the evening, there was the opening ceremony. Contestants and their parents went into the huge international auditorium. We brought our national flags with us.
“Wow! It was a huge parade!”There were many candidate countries attempting this competition. The world is pretty big! After everybody has taken the seat, the opening ceremony started. The sponsor unit arranged whole set of splendid performances. It was a sight and auditory-rock. The colored lights and laser beams in riotous profusion were everywhere. All contestants, parents, and teachers had a good time. It was a nice experience of social exhibition and globalize point to me. I enjoyed it a lot!
It was almost ten o`clock when we finished the opening ceremony. Finally, we can have an India local supper. But one thing in India that I could not adapt is the taste of their food. In India, curry is their main food. One strange thing of the food is that there will always be nine spoons of hot in every ten spoons of curry. This is not familiar with me in Taiwan. But the milk-cookies and the sesame seed cake there was extremely tasty! After we had the meal, we can finally take a rest after 20 hours of no-sleeping journey and celebration.
“Today is the competition day!” I was a little bit nervous but also anticipate about the questions. First we had the mathematic relays. The subject needs a lot of team works and concentration. I did my best in the quiz. It is really fun! But one thing drives me a little crazy is that the group member who is sitting in front of me is always passing the wrong answers to me. When I finally got the correct answer, the ruthless time had already flowed through our calculations. The most surprisingly result is that the seventh grade`s score is higher than the eighth grade`s score!
After we finished the relay round, everyone took a rest. The next event is the math quiz. All contestants went down the basement in one of the buildings. Every group found a table to be seated, then we discovered that there was a paper of mathematic questions sets on the table. The quiz started!
“Every contestants, are you ready? OK! Let’s START!”
After the host announced, everybody all went busying dividing questions and solve them respectively. All problems seemed very easy, when we solved all questions, it’s only at the half of the quiz. So we checked again and again. Finally the quiz ended. We walked out with happy moods.
In the afternoon, there were the main events: the individual and the team contest. The auditorium was filled with tables and chairs when we went in. First, we had the individual contest. Problems are quite difficult. I have an hour to answer eight questions. But the terrible questions didn’t frightened or demoralized me. I kept my best condition with me until the last second. The following event, also the last event, is the team contest. Contestants have ten minutes to discuss six problems with no pens or pencils first. Then the following fifty minutes are for team members in our group to solve our questions separately.
Luckily, the questions I got were all very easy. I finished them all in just thirty minutes.
“YES!!! All the quizzes end!” ”Oh my god! It’s extremely difficult!” ”I hope I can unless get the bronze medal” ”HA HA! It’s too easy!” ”Let’s relax now!”. I was very cheerful after the mathematic contest.
Soon came the “Night Culture Presentation”. Taiwan team will bring the dances of lion and dragon on the presentation. We made rotations, jumping forwards, tumblings on the stage. Unconsciously, the music ends. The clapping sounds filled the auditorium…

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陪同兒子參加印度國際青少年數學會議之感想

印度是個神秘、多元、多色彩的國家,在得知禹埕有機會到印度參加青少年數學會議時,腦海裡頓時浮現了對印度的許多想像,為了滿足心中的好奇,於是花了些時間到書局找尋相關書籍,也在網路上搜尋了不少相關資訊,之後對印度之行轉變成既期待又害怕,期待能踏上一個多元有趣的宗教發源聖地,但又害怕自己難以克服水土不服,因此出發前努力地找齊了資料並做了充足的準備,當然身為瞎拼大王的我也已做好功課,並帶著興奮的心情踏上旅程。
經過漫長的飛行、轉機,終於抵達了印度新德里機場。我有些驚訝~這機場是這麼的大而富麗顛覆了我原來的想像!出了機場,孫老師體貼的安排我們到附近的飯店小歇,從機場到飯店的這一小段路,已經讓我們對印度有了初步的體驗。一路上喇叭響個不停,剛開始有些不習慣,但後來慢慢發現喇叭在這個國家似乎是多功能的。除了提醒人、車注意,也可用來打招呼,更是方便的倒車雷達警示呢!隔天搭乘班機到Lucknow,一路上我們領教了印度的超級安檢,層層的關卡,嚴密的重複檢查,也算是這個國家的特色吧!這時候,更加覺得生活在台灣的我們,是如此幸福而自在。一下飛機,面對的是主辦單位熱情的接機,又是餅乾,又是奶茶的,再加上接待人員的笑容,頓時讓人輕鬆不少。
緊接著到了學校,主辦單位安排了一連串的活動,其中開幕表演及文化之夜中,我深刻的感受到主辦國對多元教育所做的努力。當地的孩子在台上表演時生動的表情、靈活的肢體及流利的口語表達,著實深深的吸引著我。其中有一段活動,是由主辦國當地的學生在台上扮演世界各國的代表,大家逐一發表各國目前遇到的問題,並提出解決辦法。在這活動中提醒了孩子們關注我們生活的地球所面臨的問題,讓身為地球村一份子的我們思考如何為地球盡一份心力。我想這也是我們的孩子最需要的全球化視野,以及多元化學習的體驗了。
另外,在比賽過程中,熱心的垚騰爸爸用心指導孩子善用時間練習。六個大男孩在父母不在場時也能互相彼此照應,讓隨行的媽媽們超放心。一得空就揪團去逛街,見識到當地人、車、牛並行的奇特文化,人山人海的購物中心,方便的露天廁所,琳瑯滿目的市集,讓人大開眼界。當然,滿滿的戰利品也是大家此行的收穫之一。
這一趟印度行,我深深的感覺孩子長大了。雖然我們家禹埕生性害羞,但面對採訪記者,孩子努力地將自己最好的那面表現出來,身為母親,心中真是感到無限驕傲。在回想孩子在歷次的闖關活動中,從第一次在印尼當關主的生澀、閃躲,到這次印度的大方、主動,並樂在其中的表現,我想這就是我們多次出國比賽中最大的收穫。透過一次次的國際比賽,孩子的視野漸漸地被打開了。知道所謂的責任,並且願意承擔責任,知道如何與隊友合作,並能觀察學習別人的優點。這是再多的金錢、獎牌都換不到的寶貴學習。身為家長,真得期盼我們的政府能為國家教育再多花點心力,看著其它國家為數學教育所做的努力,我們真得很憂心我們的孩子是否還能有同樣的機會。
感謝九章數學教育基金會給了禹埕這麼難得的一次學習機會,感謝同行家長們愉快的相處與分享,更感恩這六位小朋友彼此間良好的互動。這真得是一次很棒的學習與體驗!

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 Re: 參加 IYMC 感言

陪同這群家長去Shopping後我有以下心得:
1. 我的收入顯然不及這些家長。
2. 我的生活品味與鑑賞眼光也顯然不及這些家長,從購物中可發覺個人的美學涵養。
3. 我經常嘮叨我的內人亂花錢,比較起這些家長我應該慶幸我娶的老婆還是比較樸實,下次不可以再嘮叨了。
4.千萬不可以讓內人與她們一起去購物,否則會被帶壞,我的荷包會大失血。


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工作上業務往來的一個朋友得知我帶小孩至印度勒克瑙(Lucknow)參加「2012年第五屆國際青少年數學家會議(5th International Young Mathematicians’ Convention 2012, IYMC-2012)」後,半開玩笑的譏諷說:「這是活在天龍國的人才享有的活動,活在地鼠國的人是不可能參加的。」又自我解嘲的說:「我的小孩只要活得快樂就好,這樣小孩都沒有童年、也不快樂。」

無可諱言,出國比賽或是參加國際性活動是需要花一些經費,需要家長在背後全力支持小孩,特別是精力的投入,但卻不一定是活在天龍國的人才可以參加。小孩參加數學競賽,確實需要透過後天的努力、努力、與再努力;練習、練習、與再練習,但何以見得小孩就不快樂呢?是家長自己的我執偏見,還是社會上的偏執文化,大家避談資優教育的推託之詞?

今年度的IYMC-2012是第五屆,由印度勒克腦的City Montessori School (CMS)負責舉辦。CMS成立於1959年,是現今世界金氏紀錄上單一城市最大的學校,學生人數超過39,000人,每年要舉辦34個與教育相關的國際性活動。這讓第一次到印度參加國際競賽的我們相當驚訝,學校創辦者所堅持的多元社會價值與國際化參與態度,不僅止是口號而已,更是定有願景(Vision)、核心價值(Core Value)、與目標(Goal),有策略的透過實際的計畫與行動方案在逐步達成理想。

對於快速發展中的印度,映入眼簾的第一印象是:城鄉差距、貧富懸殊、階級差異、擁擠混亂、雜亂無章,但卻充滿活力、亂中有序、安然自得、生活在希望中,對和平、自由、與平等有著無限的渴望,卻勇於爭取、努力持續不懈,希望能達成理想。

社會上許多人都說:台灣陷入失落的一代,憂懼、恐懼未來沒有競爭力,恐淪為台勞。過去讓台灣引以為傲的「台灣錢淹腳目」、貧富差距小、教育普及與人才的優異性,似乎在憂懼與恐懼中漸漸地喪失。真是這樣嗎?還是我們杞人憂天、自尋煩惱呢?

我出生在1965年,那個年代台灣經濟正準備開始起飛,在數千年來中國儒家思想的薰陶與牽引下,社會價值很明顯趨向學而優則仕,社會上對「士、農、工、商」不同職業的潛規則價值判斷,讀書人是相對受到尊重與推崇的。在那個年代,人人喊升學、重視考試、一考定江山,但窮人可以透過考試入學翻身,不需要家長太多額外的心力投入,有所謂的「放牛班與升學班」之別。曾幾何時,隨著社會的民主、自由開放,多元價值的呈現喊得震天價響,終於國中基測、多元入學方案出爐了,希望能轉變對「放牛班與升學班」的刻板印象,但卻換來連教育主管機關都不敢明言教改失敗的悲劇,又準備推出十二年國教,推出適性就學區、免試入學與考試入學方案。

綜觀那麼多年來一系列的教育改革,台灣重視的是迎合社會大眾表象的看法,過度追求「入學機會平等」,卻喪失對社會多元價值潛規則實質的重整做出政策與實質的努力。在現今名校畢業就等同就業機會的保障與進入職場取得立足點先機的思維下,十二年國教的免試入學方案,已可以宣告不過是另一種形式的國中基測,另一種入學機會平等的追求,又有何實質上的差異可言?

由於我們無法有效解決學生畢業後在社會上生存能力的立足點平等,因此導致許多具有非語文、數理學科能力資優的學生,放棄他們與生俱來在相關領域的資優能力,從而參加語文、數理學科能力競逐的入學窄門,自然學習得辛苦、不快樂。

國民教育的設計應該是具備普遍性、適合大多數學生學習、著重不同領域的知識學習與基本生活能力的建立,但卻不可偏廢對學習落後者的補救教學(資源班)與資優者的資優教育。曾幾何時,台灣的教育當局從台灣學生在語文與數理學科能力的國際評比中發現,優勢逐漸喪失,雖然也有資優班(國小、國中、與高中))與科學班(高中))等配套設計,卻受限社會大眾的表象壓力,弄成資優班跑班上課(國小、國中)的四不像設計(理由是堅持不能力分班)、避談資優教育、吝於對資優教育給予額外的支持。

此次參與IYMC 2012,敝人有幸與印度Montfort Inter College的數學老師Rewa Prasad女士深談印度的高中數學資優教育,也與泰國、菲律賓的參賽領隊談及他們國家如何篩選選手參加國際性數學競賽。他們不約而同的言道:政府與民間教育組織攜手共同努力。

我們可以看到像CMS私立學校這樣大手筆花費經費舉辦非常多大型的國際性活動,讓他們及印度的學生得以有較多機會參與國際性活動,體現多元價值與國際化。我們也聽到泰國與菲律賓的教育主管機關如何協助民間教育組織制度性的篩選學生、參與國內競賽與活動,出錢出力。

以今年七月在台灣舉辦的Taiwan International Mathematics Competition 2012 (TAIMC-2012)為例,這是國際上承認登錄在案的國際數學競賽,台灣在民間組織持續不斷努力下才爭取得來的主辦權,通過此項國際競賽考驗獲得金牌的選手,日後也有許多選手再次獲得我國教育主管機關主辦並承認的亞太數學奧林匹亞競賽(APMO)及國際數學奧林匹亞競賽(IMO)獎牌,可以說是一種國中階段數學資優教育成就的競賽成果體現、也是進入APMO、IMO競賽踏腳石的一種國際性競賽,然而主辦單位在募款及尋求政府教育主管機關的協助時,卻是困難重重,幫助也很有限,多數是靠家長的熱心幫忙、學生及志工的協助才可以順利完成;反觀該比賽在國外,無論是在亞太區域的泰國、印尼、菲律賓、與韓國,或是2013年將在保加利亞Burgas舉辦的Bulgaria International Mathematics Competition 2013 (BIMC-2013),都是由該國政府的教育主管機關大力協助,出錢、出力共襄盛舉。

今年度敝子弟有幸參加教育部計畫補助執行的「101學年度北區高中學生數學與科學跨領域人才培育計畫」,卻聽聞主辦學校的計畫主持人很無奈的說:「計畫補助申請過程備感艱辛、補助案遲遲未能核定、經費明顯不足與縮水,希望家長多多努力讓教育主管機關知道我們的需求、理想與辦班的成效。」

這些案例可以讓我們知道:台灣在追求國際化、資優教育、人才優化的理想與實際作為是相互違背的,陷入緣木求魚的困境,以為透過十二年國教「適性就學」、追求「入學機會平等」就可以達成,而忽略了更為實際、有效的配套措施。

或許有許多人會說:參加國際性的數學競賽是活在天龍國的人才享有的活動。即便如此,難道我們不應該思考如何讓活在地鼠國的人也能參與更多的國際性活動、特別是可以在國內也參與國際性活動嗎?

也有一些人會以為我們讓小孩參加國際性的數學競賽,目標就是要拿取一些獎牌的虛榮可以炫耀罷了。個人的看法,或許真有這樣的學生與家長,但是如果您親歷其境體驗,您會看到更多數的家長與學生在乎的是參與的過程、參與的多樣性、國際經驗與不同文化的學習與交流,學生自國際競賽中習得別人的長處,進一步思索反饋,化為自己再成長的動力,或許這才是參與競賽比起獎牌更為重要的成果。很明顯地,敝子弟每參加過一次國際性活動或競賽,就會有一定的成長與階段性的褪變,因此不需要輕忽國際性活動或競賽在學習上的感染能力,這是我們許多帶著小孩一起參與國際活動的共同心得與體認。

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I am You, Yao-Teng. I am an 8th grade student from Shin-Shing International School. I attended the 5th International Young Mathematicians’ Convention 2012 (5th IYMC 2012), held on December first to fourth at the CMS school in Lucknow, India.
The first night, I saw the different habit from Taiwan. I saw that they put the package on the top of the car. Also, they drove car in a very crazy way. On the road, the driver turned right and almost had a car accident. The tires are all flattened and still can be driven, it really amazed me.
Then the next day, we flied to Lucknow. We met the people from the school CMS at the airport. At the airport, we enjoyed milk tea and biscuit. We took a photo at the airport and got to the school.
At there, although there wasn’t much delicious food, I liked their milk tea and ice cream. Water in Indian isn’t clean, it has a lot of mud in it, so we had to buy lots of water to drink. Everyday in India, I am always worried about water. I continued asking my father to buy a lot of water. Now, I think it is a quite special phenomenon. In Taiwan, I can drink water every time I want, but in India, I was afraid of water shortage.
Almost every day, we had to listen to the speech about saving our earth and learning the culture from different countries. The convention also had a lot of excellent performance to let us see. But the speech is too long, I lost patience.
The third day, we had to join the contest. During the individual contest, I could not know the meaning of that question, so I had to guess. I was very worried about it. I realized that my English ability is bad. I need to study hard. One thing interesting during the contests is that even if they said we couldn’t use the dictionary, many people still used it. Some people looked at the question even the test didn’t begin. For me, it can’t happen in Taiwan, we all know that we shall not begin the test until the bell rings. When we had the relay rounds, my question was too easy, but I got a wrong clue from my teammates so that I couldn’t answer it. During the team contest, we had a big mistake for giving the problems to other people to solve. We gave two difficult problems to the same person. Hence, we couldn’t get all the questions correct. The last test is math quiz, we joined the first round. There are twenty–five questions to be answered. We thought that we might get a wrong answer for question one, but we got into the second round. In the second, we were scared to answer. One reason is if we answered wrong, we would have got minus points. Another reason is we couldn’t know the special name of the people or some names. I was stupid during the contest. I said “D” into Taiwanese way then we lost ten points. Hence, we got forth place. I think that if we trained for this contest, we might have had a chance to get third place.
At the prize ceremony, we got the champion of the team contest, but we didn’t get the champion of the whole contests. I was very disappointed. Also we get three gold medals and three silver medals for individual contest. I was so amazed I could get gold medal, because I have two questions answered wrong. I think I am very lucky, because China team didn’t participate the contest.
At the culture night, we exchanged gift and went to different teams’ rooms to give the special note book of TAIMC 2012. Also we made a lot of friends from giving notebooks or gifts. The next day, we went to play cards with the Philippines which lived next to our rooms. From playing cards, we knew that same games in different countries, the rule might have some chances. I am really happy that I can learn how to play cards.
The best is at the last day. The special product in India is scarf. It is much softer than our scarves. Also, its price is much lower than the price in Taiwan, so we bought a lot, too. I wish I can have one. At the five-star hotel, we ate the delicious food. It is the best meal. I had eaten in India.
After this contest, I realized that studying English is very important. You need to use English to speak to other people to make friends. Also the language of the test problem is in English, I couldn’t understand it. Making friends is also important, too. I could learn different cultures and have a good relationship with other people. And I wished I can join international contest again.

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On the plane back to Taiwan, I started to recall things that happened to me in the past few days…

We arrived at India’s capital-New Delhi around midnight, in order to adjust to the jet lag, we went to a hotel nearby to rest for four hours, and oh boy, we did need that four-hours-rest, after that, everyone felt refreshed.

We got up at 6:30 AM and went to Lucknow by Jet Airlines. I was shocked when we got out of the airport. The organizer of 2012 IYMC (International Young Mathematician’s Convention) had organized a band to welcome every delegate. We had to walk on a red carpet, staffs from CMS (City Montessori School) put flower rings on our necks and their eyes revealed their hospitality. Then, the founder of CMS, Dr. Gandhi welcomed us by offering many cookies and fruit juices, I enjoyed them a lot. On the school bus to their campus where the convention was held, we chatted with the teachers of CMS happily.

There were no traffic lights on our way to the campus. I was told that there was no traffic light in the city of Lucknow. Then here came a question: How do they manage the traffic? Soon, the answer came out of surface: They used their horns to clear their paths, that is why we heard lot of noises.

When we arrived at CMS, I was astonished by the campus buildings, they were impressively decorated. Flower rings were everywhere, slogans about world unity and how education can change the world can be found in every major entrance. First, we went to the registration office to got our candidate’s jackets and bags, then we went to have lunch at the school cafeteria, after that, we went to take group photo and then the opening ceremony. The school had organized many speeches and different performances. This is one reason of why I think IYMC is different from other international mathematics competitions, those speeches and performances delivered strong messages about unity on earth and world peace. They were hoping young students like us can help to sort out all the chaos of international situations in the future. In addition to this, IYMC offered us more opportunities to communicate with delegates from other countries, because all of us stayed in the same dormitory building, we can chat and play games whenever we had time.

The opening ceremony ended at about 10 PM, we finally had supper. The supper and all the following meals were held besides their swimming pool. They decorated the whole place in white and light blue theme. It was quite romantic like what we saw in the western movies. One thing I felt different from Taiwan was the curry. They ate curry in every meal, so soon I got tired of eating curry. There was one time I only ate rice for lunch. The program schedule was tide, we went to bed everyday around midnight, I was so excited that I forgot I usually went to bed around 9:30 when I was in Taiwan.

The next day was the test day. In the morning we had the relay round and the first round of the math quiz. Relay round is an interesting way to hold an examination. Every participant needs to solve one mathematical problem, the answer from that problem will become the base of another mathematical problem for his next team member to solve. I was the first person in my team, so I could just finish my problems and hope that my teammates in the back will get the right answers. After that was the math quiz, we finished all the answers in half the time required, so we checked again and again, we walked out the exam hall with smiles on our face. In the afternoon we had the individual contest and the team contest, the individual contest was hard, but I kept trying. Still, in the end, I had to guess some of the answers. In the team contest, we distributed the questions evenly so that each team member got two questions. I used my all fifty minutes to try to answer those two questions, yet I still did not finish all of them. Because of this year’s questions were hard; you would still get a medal even if you just answered a few questions right.

The next day, we had the second round of the math quiz and the mathematical fair. Our team didn’t enter the second round of the math quiz, but we could see the problems and even answer them if no one on the stage could. I think that this is the most interesting part of the convention because you have to know lots of stuffs, ex: 10^100 is called googol. I was good at this because I read lot of mathematic story books. I even got one question right when there was no one in the auditorium could answer. After that we had the mathematical fair, it was fun! But I didn’t have time to play the games other people put out. What a pity.

Later that night, we had cultural presentation, we Taiwan team brought the lion dance. We learned that lion dance just one night before, because we didn’t have time to get together to practice. We did our best to perform the dance. From the clapping sound we got, I guessed people like our lion dance very much. In the end of the culture night, students from around the world all went to the stage to dance wildly. We imitated the popular PSY Gangnam Style and soon free style,it was so much fun to have hundreds of students dance together. The next day, we said goodbye to our scouts, goodbye to our newly-made friends, we left the school campus…

Suddenly, an announcement jolted me awake: Ladies and Gentlemen, We are about to arrive at Taipei International Airport… so there ends of the fabulous and unforgettable fifth IYMC…


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My name is CHIU, KO-WEI and I am 8th grade student from Dun-Hua Junior High School. I attended the 5th International Young Mathematicians’ Convention (IYMC), held in Lucknow, India, from November 30th to December 6th.This is the third time I travel abroad and the first time join a mathematics competition which needs to use English to answer. I had a great time when attending this activity.

During the competition, there were many different kinds of contests such as relay rounds, math exams, individual contests, team contests and math fairs. My favorite part was the team contest . In the team contest, there were only six questions. We were given ten minutes to allocate everyone’s work. When time was up, we were not able to talk with each other. I was distributed to do the fifth and sixth subjects. In spite of the fact that I spent sixty minutes, I didn’t finish doing them. What a pity! By the way, in the math exams one of my teammates was so nervous that he answered the questions with Chinese instead of English. As a result, we lost ten points in that round, but we didn’t blame on him. Finally, we got gold medal in team contest and I got silver medal in the individual contest.

While we were competing, my mother and other people were shopping. They spent a great deal of money to buy local specialties such as Medimix soap used in The Arabian Tower in Dubai, Brooke Bond TAJ MAHAL Tea Bag…etc. They must be satisfied with what they had bought.

I think that IYMC is much different from any other international mathematics competitions. The following are the reasons why I regard this competition as different. First, it requires good ability in communicating with English because we were limited to speak English only during the contests. Second, they hold this contest in the hope of gathering the young from different countries to work together and save the Earth. It’s a big difference from other contests. The last one, it gave me a good opportunity to exam my mathematical ability and practice my English. For example, there was an activity called “ the culture night”. I not only made lots of friends from a variety of regions at the time but exchanged gifts with each other. Most interestingly, the team whose rooms were next to us was from The Philippines. To my surprise, they could speak Chinese! They were so friendly that they gave us mango preserved in sugar which is known as the best specialty in The Philippines. We also played games with the Philippines and had a great time at that night.

Before returning to Taiwan, we stayed one-day in Delhi. We had a delicious lunch at a great hotel in local. When we entered into the hotel ; all of a sudden, we were asked to have a security check. To my relief, it went well. While our parents were enjoying shopping and buying scarves, we were having a wonderful meal. It was the best meal we had in India. In the afternoon, we went to Swaminarayan Akshardham, a glorious Buddhism temple in India. I was amazed at it was not run by Indian government but by one monk, and that the carving on the structure was really thrilling and breath-taking .

In this trip, I think that I must study English more diligently so that when writing English subjects , I won’t feel it difficult to answer. This time, the reason why I couldn’t get a gold medal in the individual contests was the fact that I couldn’t understand what was the question talking about, which made me determine to study English hard. And I think that I have to write more neatly and systematically so as to let everyone understand what I have written. To sum up, I have learned a lot during this trip and realized that there are still lots of things I have to study. I really appreciated that the Chiuchang Mathematics Education Foundation gave us a chance to broaden my horizons. In order to invite the next contest, I should be hard-working now.

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