Sunday, December 04, 2011

UK Education bureaucrats lurch from bad to worse and back

Every week brings another government education edict, another pedagogy theory, another "revolution." Below is an article about banning calculators in the UK. What fool ever thought letting calculators do math for you was a good way to learn math?

The worst thing that ever happened to education was government. 

Children are to banned from using calculators in the early years of primary school to tackle a nationwide crisis in basic maths skills, it was revealed today.

Ministers ordered a crackdown on pupils relying on technology as figures showed 17 million people are so bad with numbers they cannot pay household bills or understand price labels.

Teachers will be told to make pupils in the first five years of school use their heads instead of calculators and computers.