Category Archives: Maths and Science

“More maths teachers”

Although obviously the sheer horror of Betsy DeVos’s appointment in the US inevitably trumps anything home grown, I couldn’t help finding myself seriously incensed by this article:- https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/acute-shortage-excellent-maths-teachers-down-government-heres-my He wants the most selective maths degree courses to become less selective. … Continue reading

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Expertise?

I was talking to someone while waiting for a train the other day (well, to be accurate, I was trying to read my book and they’d decided to make conversation with me). I owned up to being a teacher at … Continue reading

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Another universal panacea…

BBC Education News is reporting on the introduction of the “Asian Maths Method” to primary schools. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against new approaches, whether they are from Asia, Mars, or the next classroom along. We should always … Continue reading

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Algorithms vs Understanding

I was interested to see on the BBC News website that apparently maths education is a hot topic in the U.S. at the moment. The obvious cheap shot comes to mind – that it’s rather bizarre that a method of teaching … Continue reading

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Muddle-headedness

The Telegraph has one of their typically alarmist stories concerning “more than a fifth of 15 year olds being “low performers” in maths” Seriously – does not the title jump out at them as problematic? A low performer is a … Continue reading

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In the news…

Half term has given me a chance to do a bit of catching up with what’s going on in the wider educational world. The first one to catch my eye was the news that students at my alma mater  have launched … Continue reading

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Primary education…. or a quart into a pint pot

The BBC’s education news website is leading with the view that “science is being squeezed out of primary schools” with much associated lamenting and foretelling of dire consequences. My first reaction was to wonder why anyone is surprised. Education generally, … Continue reading

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