Chris Smith

The mortal decline of maths ends with a magical revival

Maths is a wonderful subject, bursting with beauty – and we need to shout about it to stop its decline in popularity, writes one teacher

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You’re unlikely to find the words “I couldn’t read at school” proudly announced on someone’s Twitter bio. In my experience, such a blatant disregard for literacy would be considered shameful.

Yet upon confession that I teach maths, I’m regularly confronted with scandalous responses, delivered with gusto: “Oh, I was terrible at maths at school” or “No wonder our wee Pythagoras isn’t doing well – his mother and I are hopeless with maths.”

This anti-maths mentality is already rife, so last month’s article on concerns about a gulf in difficulty between maths and other subjects was worrying (“ ...

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