So why on earth is it so vital?;Letter;News amp; Opinion

19th November 1999 at 00:00
SCHOOLS minister, Estelle Morris's defence of numeracy testing for new teachers made me smile. As a child I was hopeless at maths, always in trouble for saying that algebra didn't make sense because it used letters; that learning maths was superfluous as we would all have pocket computers by the time I grew up.

Of course, in an ideal world we would all be splendidly literate and numerate. However, in 20 years teaching English and history I have never used mathematics except for calculating students' marks and think it unlikely that passing a numeracy test would have improved my performance one jot.

Just who does she think she is kidding?

Richard Tagart, (BA and two MAs), 2018 Antwerp, Belgium

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