Evidence mounts that the UK education system is giving up on teaching maths to any reasonable level.
Firstly, there’s this story from yesterday. Schools are measured on the results they get. And as maths is hard, some people don’t do very well in maths exams. The solution seems to be to discourage pupils from taking maths exams – as if they don’t take them, then they can’t do badly in them. Far better that they spend their time working on easier subjects that they’ll do better in, which will improve the school’s scores.
An alternative might be to improve the level of maths teaching, but that doesn’t seem to have been considered.
And then today there’s this story comparing maths problems set in entrance exams for students applying to take chemistry degrees at universities in England and China. The Chinese problem is something that would require me to spend some considerable time drawing diagrams and scratching my head. I solved the English problem in my head in seconds. And I’d expect most intelligent people to be able to do the same.
It looks like English schools are turning out mathematical morons. Where are all the decent maths teachers?