Being a blog, sadly All Change Please! does not qualify for any sort of pension, even though it feels it is trying to provide some sort of public service. As a result, it’s hard at work today as usual.
In fact All Change Please! had quite a surprise yesterday when, just for a fleeting moment, it realised that it actually agreed with something that nice Mr Gove was saying at his speech at the Royal Society, and that it would be a good idea for there to be a ‘much greater focus on fundamental number concepts, fractions and the building blocks of algebra in primary school‘, and that GCSE maths should include more on statistics. Of course, then he had to go and spoil it all by suggesting that the vast majority of students should continue to study maths to the age of 18, just in case they suddenly all decided they wanted to study physics or engineering at university. And then he cleverly compounded his lack of awareness of education by adding:
Itunes now gives everybody with an internet connection access to the world’s best educational content. Innovations such as the Khan Academy are putting high quality lessons on the web. Extremely cheap digital cameras and the prevalence of the internet allow teachers to share best practice and learn from errors.
Beyond the fact that the Khan Academy certainly are not putting high quality lessons on the web, he might have been a bit more convincing if he (or whoever wrote his speech for him) had written iTunes instead of Itunes.
But perhaps what makes Mr Gove most concerned that school-children improve their Maths skills is in fact the findings of a recent report by the Sutton Trust charity, which reveals that only one third of pupils correctly understand how the new tuition fees system works? After all, it’s essential for them to be able to work out exactly how much debt they will be in at the end of their studies.
Oh, and if you haven’t read this yet, you should!