It may be different now but when I was at school in Scotland in the 60’sa wee while ago I took ‘O’ level exams in Arithmetic, and Maths
The former tested a knowledge of adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying
The latter tested knowledge of utter useless shite (unless one was going to . . . pursue a career as an engineer) as logarithms, algebra, geometry
Be honest – how may folk, since leaving school, have had occasion to solve a quadratic equation or consult a table of logarithms?
B*gger all, I bet !
Of all the subjects I was forced to learn in school, maths is probably the most useless never applied skill I was taught
The basics of a good education in Scotland used to be summarised as learning the 3 ‘Rs’ – reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic
The Labour party in the UK has unveiled proposals to make the teaching of Maths compulsory for children until the age of 18 – in a move designed to “get young people ready for the workplace” (http://tinyurl.com/np5hnyu)
What utter bollocks !
I have been a cleaner, shop assistant, farm labourer, teacher, researcher, adviser to the government, machinist, and other things besides – and not once have I needed to use the ‘maths’ I was taught at school
Seems to me that when politicians talk about the importance of kids learning “maths”, they really mean what Scots call “Arithmetic”
And let’s face it – once you know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, then you know it. You don’t get better at it by being forced to do it repeatedly until you are 18 yr old
This is just another cynical populist measure to try and secure votes