After spending more than 10 years as a mathematics tutor, Paulvin Webster has written and released a book titled Just Pass Math.
Webster held the book’s intimate launch at the Lentegeur Subcouncil chamber on Saturday 20 July.
He said the book is not a textbook, and that people should not be confused by the title – it is, in fact, suitable for people of all ages.
“You will not find sums in this book, you will rather find solutions to life problems,” he said.
He further described the book as his way of sharing his experiences with regards to having studied and passed maths.
According to Webster, parents have a perception that maths is the golden subject and that they always force their children to choose it at school. During his time as a tutor, he met many learners whom he deemed as not mathematically gifted, but were forced by parents to do maths. He said parents pay a lot of money to get their children tutors when those children are not mathematically inclined. When those children do not show any signs of improvement, parents would fail to understand why. “Parents would phone me and ask why their children were not progressing,” he shared.
In a way, the book seeks to explain to both parents and children that it is equally okay to not do or do maths. He also urged parents to understand that people are different and that each takes their own time to grasp something. He said this with regards to how parents compare their children with others.
“Everybody is learning at a different speed. Everybody consumes knowledge differently,” he highlighted.
The book also has an e-book version and he is currently working on an audio version for people who cannot find the time to read. The book costs R250 and is self-published.
The Beacon Valley resident thanked all the people who helped him to produce the book and called for people to support him.
His proud parents Paul and Sylvia Webster were in attendance. They sang congratulating praises for Paulvin whom they described as a “very good son”. He has never brought problems home, they say.
“We are very proud of him, he is a good son who grew up in church. He listens to us as his parents,” said Paul.
Paul revealed he also read the book and quite enjoyed it. Also, present at the launch was Portland High School math teacher, Andre Rix.
Rix said he got himself a copy because the cover speaks about something he is passionate about.“I bought it to reconnect and to see other people’s ideas and to maybe learn something from them and relate,” he explained.