What a role model to head up maths teaching and visit loads of schools! Will she be using the opportunity to promote her beloved consolidation loans? Maybe she could tackle the obesity problem at the same time and 'detox' all the little children! Well done David C., a publicity coup, I suppose.
"There is some surprise that Ms Vorderman is fronting the Tory maths review, because she took part in one the government commissioned, which reported less than a year ago, and endorsed its recommendations - which are now being implemented."
Carol Vorderman is clearly very intelligent and the fact that she has no tertiary qualification in mathematics or teaching experience does not disqualify her from participating in a review of teaching methods. I believe that children tend to dislike numeracy/elementary maths because it involves them in a more rapid and positive way than other subjects with no continuum between right and wrong. More than other subjects, it needs dedicated and inspiring teachers who encourage pupils and are able to relate the subject to practical utility.
Incidentally, during my time at school some 90% of children left school with no qualification in maths and English, or indded in any subject at all. This has not prevented many of them from making significant achievements in their working lives. However, I do accept that in this increasingly technical and globalised world, it is necessary to improve educational attainment, not only at the secondary level but at tertiary and beyond, especially in mathematics, science and engineering.
I recall being given detention for using the calculator on my watch during maths yet now schools actively encourage the children to use them.Surely a return to no calculators would encourage children to use their brains instead and thus gain more knowledge?