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We bring you discussion, debate and issues from around the web and around the world by focusing on the most popular educational hashtags on Twitter

We bring you discussion, debate and issues from around the web and around the world by focusing on the most popular educational hashtags on Twitter

Just how important is it for a child to know their times tables? On Sunday, the Conservatives proposed that any school in England failing to achieve a 100 per cent pass rate on times table and writing tests two years running should face takeover by new leadership. Twitter went wild.

@mikercameron said: "Kids to know their times tables. Is that the limit of your uninspired vision of the future? You really are the past. Stay there."

But @jon_brunskill disagreed: "I'm going to bet that very, very few primary schools explicitly teach times tables. Everyone thinks it's the year before's job." @chrishildrew retorted: "My kids are taught times tables consistently in primary and expected to practise at home."

By Monday, journalists were subjecting politicians to a frenzy of times table testing, including education secretary Nicky Morgan. "Was Morgan really not able to do 11x12 on television this morning? I thought she'd have been swotting all night ready for that trap," tweeted @schoolduggery.

Later, it was David Cameron's turn. "Ha ha, PM refuses to answer 9x8. OH COME ON," mocked @SkyAnushka.

This triggered @ajjolley to suggest: "If ministers can't answer simple times tables under pressure, prime minister should be sacked."

Helen Ward

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