Maths without understanding
As former director of the NNS, she knows this quote was an "improved"
version of an earlier one that said "all children" rather than "as many...
as possible". Also, in a later version "standard written method" was replaced by "compact written method", producing an aim I think many "furious experts" might agree with. This, however, is a long way from the argument in the paper quoted in the original article: that all children will be ready to learn the standard written algorithms by the age of 11.
Professor Ian Thompson
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