Teacher turned tables on maths lessons
DAVID Cameron’s insistence that all children know there multiplication tables could not have caused more controversy had he replaced detention with Tasers.
One teacher on Radio Four called teaching tables ‘draconian’ while another maintained it was more important for pupils to ‘understand what 12 X 11 means than to know the answer.’
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Not every teacher can perform miracles but banging on about the ‘meaning’ of 12X11 sounds like a get-out for teachers who prefer more nebulous methods.
We are living in a global economy. Eventually our children will be competing for employment against students who learn this stuff for fun.
If you don’t believe me take a trip around Asia.