Teacher turned ta­bles on maths lessons

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

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.’

What the hell is that about? No won­der th­ese sim­i­lar ques­tion but the don’t know how). tree had only 10 branches I was never great at each branch yield­ing 10 maths un­til I was taught bun­dles. by a teacher with high

By the time my ex­pec­ta­tions who youngest son got that ac­cepted only our best ques­tion, the tree had no ef­forts. branches and he was He stayed be­hind kids are con­fused. many bun­dles of fire­wood asked to dis­cuss how the reg­u­larly to coach the

I haven’t been so you would ob­tain from a squirrels felt about it. strug­glers (like me) and baf­fled since Rainow Cubs tree with 14 branches that (He is now a ro­dent chal­lenged us to achieve. won a seven-a-side yielded six-and-a-half trader in the City of Match­ing his en­thu­si­asm foot­ball tour­na­ment with bun­dles each from the Lon­don.) was the least we could eight play­ers. do.low­er­se­v­en­branch­esandWhat’sthe­bigdeal­with

I know we had some four-and-a-half bun­dles teach­ing kids ba­sic He was street smart (we tricky maths ques­tions in from each of the seven mul­ti­pli­ca­tion? Why all couldn’t con him) and our ex­ams. I re­mem­ber higher branches. the whinge­ing? (Un­less of bril­liant at his sub­ject. hav­ing to cal­cu­late how Years later my son had a course some teach­ers I passed my maths exam with distinc­tion.

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.

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