Many tumble on questioners' ego-tripwires;Letter

23rd May 1997 at 01:00
The key stage 2 national tests once again gave our children virtually no chance to demonstrate their mathematical skills. Are the people who compile them unable to write a set of simple straightforward questions that allow the children to show what they can do? What is the purpose of trying to trip children up with questions that rely on their reading ability rather than their mathematical ability, that present maths in a hidden form, that keep teachers guessing as to what convolution will turn up next?

Please, please can we have maths papers that reflect the content of the national curriculum and the way in which we teach maths rather than the machinations of some committee on an ego trip?

MJ FOWLER 152 Belmont Road, Hereford

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