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#1 2009-01-13 05:01:10

Daniel123
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Britain can't do maths

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#2 2009-01-13 05:12:09

JaneFairfax
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Re: Britain can't do maths

I’d say it has to do with the “dumbing down” of subjects by schools. In the mad competition with other schools over ratings, some schools have cut down or even removed “hard” subjects like maths and physics and encouraged students to take other, “softer” subjects instead. This is just so that these schools can have good exam results from their pupils to show off to other schools. hmm

Well, that’s what I’ve read about recently on the BBC News website. I’ll try and find the links.

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#3 2009-01-13 09:03:20

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#4 2009-01-14 02:11:51

JaneFairfax
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Re: Britain can't do maths

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#5 2009-01-14 08:17:31

random_fruit
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Re: Britain can't do maths

I agree with Jane to some extent, but I also think that the Times has it right when it reports that "Maths just isn't cool."  Until we get over our anti-science bias, we will continue to have our children and young adults looking away from maths and science. 

Ten to fifteen years ago, before Maggie Thatcher became PM, I heard an interview on BBC Radio 4 "Today" programme (that's a weekday breakfast-time news and current affairs programme on the radio) where someone said "The trouble with the UK is that it's a business and industry country with an anti-business bias."  Maggie made it OK to be keen on business, and gave us the yuppie 80s and 90s.  What we need today (if my thought is correct) is a similar "Maths is cool, Science is cool" movement in the UK.

Anyone agree?

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#6 2009-01-14 08:37:12

JaneFairfax
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Re: Britain can't do maths

random_fruit wrote:

Ten to fifteen years ago, before Maggie Thatcher became PM

Ten to fifteen years ago was not before Maggie became PM. wink

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#7 2009-01-14 18:15:22

ganesh
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Re: Britain can't do maths

Thats right!
She was the Prime Minister from 4 May, 1979 to 28 November, 1990.
Regarding the subject, it isn't right to dilute the contents of a subject or make the examinations easier to get better results. This move may backfire when candidates compete at global level. It may result in a dearth of talent where most required. I think the better way is conduct a study on the syllabi and examinations at the same level in countries like US, Canada, France, Australia, India, China, Japan,  Singapore, Germany etc. for different age groups.
By ensuring uniformity, the inferences drawn would help better in decision making.


It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge - Enrico Fermi. 

Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge - Stephen William Hawking.

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