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Why is Britain bad at maths?

By Prospect Team   September 2015

Forget the leadership, where's the next Ed Balls? © LUKE MACGREGOR/WPA Rota/Press Association Images

A nation of shopkeepers? We can’t aim even that high if we can’t calculate percentages. Governments have thrown themselves, one after another, at a national culture which makes it acceptable to say “I’m rubbish at maths” and deludes politicians and leading figures into thinking they’re displaying the common touch when they declare the same.

That so many initiatives have failed is no reason not to try. Prospect is committed to keeping attention on this debate; this month, we published a piece on this government’s attempts to reform maths education. With it, we ran some quotes from famous names which…

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