The. (problem) = with (m)aths isn’t -> maths

We try to make maths something it isn’t just to make it more popular, says teacher Lucy Rycroft-Smith. The only way to increase take-up of the subject, she argues, is to show pupils the myriad real-world applications of maths so they see how it affects their everyday lives – and we also need more diverse role models in the maths community

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There’s a myth in education that we have bought into. It’s one formed from a million utterances of distaste and then validated by society with little mitigation: that it’s OK – normal, encouraged even – to turn our nose up at maths.

And it states that to counter this, to create a love for maths, we need to make maths less, well, maths-like. We need to water it down, jazz it up, put a disguise upon it. “Homeopathic maths” is probably the next edu-business readying itself as we speak ...

It doesn’t have to be this way. I have been banging my head against the wall of “making maths more creative” ...

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