Sunday, November 29, 2015

Drill and skill

English pupil's maths scores improve under east Asian approach
Study shows ‘maths mastery’ experiment improved children’s scores in English schools after just one year
THEGUARDIAN.COM|BY SALLY WEALE

So, here we go again in the race to the top for some and a race to the bottom for most - as all competition is about. Are these kids better citizens, more moral and ethical in character, are they happier? The whole essence and rational for this PISA 'competition' was revealed in one paragraph buried in the article...

"Researchers also analysed the programme’s potential economic benefits. Using data from the British Cohort Study, which follows the lives of 17,000 people born in a single week in 1970, researchers predicted that an additional month’s progress in maths at the age of 10 would increase average wages by £100-£200 per year."

Ahhh, they are richer by a mere pittance per year...what are we doing with education, especially in this post-industrial world? Creating more well educated unemployed?



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