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Reverting to repetition and a commitment of arithmetic to memory is the most efficient way of restoring the children of Britain to the world’s highest mathematic standards. That is the claim of former Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, likening learning multiplication to learning the Piano.
Mr Gibb made the suggestion after noting a “strong resistance” to traditional teaching methods in the 21st Century British classroom and went on to also propose that the children of China and other far-east countries possess a stronger work ethic. The ex-Minister, who left the Department of Education last year, was speaking ahead of a trip to China where he expected to see first-hand the methods which had propelled the country’s pupils so far-ahead of their British counter-parts, as discovered in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s recent report. Mr Gibb commented that the traditional teaching methods of devoting knowledge to memory rather than the understanding of “chunking” (where Children learn the theory of breaking complex sums into smaller blocks of problems) would benefit cross-country standards in the years to come.
You can read more about Mr Gibb’s comments and his upcoming trip to China here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10646712/Schools-must-go-back-to-basics-to-raise-maths-standards.html
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