Students are getting worse at maths but will a curriculum change fix the problem?

Mathematic experts from around the country have expressed concern over a draft plan to fix the national maths curriculum saying it will make it worse by devaluing traditional learning techniques over vague, untested fads.

The group wrote an open letter to the national curriculum authority expressing concern over the ambiguity and shallowness of the draft plan as well as pointing out errors creating tensions with teacher’s groups who argue the new curriculum will help students apply maths skills to their real lives.

Some teachers argue that not every student will become a mathematician but every young person should have access to mathematical knowledge that will equip them beyond school.

Today on Please Explain, Nathanael Cooper is joined by education editor Jordan Baker to find out more about the changes.

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