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Dispatches from the maths war

By Ian Benson  

In a piece for Prospect last year, I reported on developments on the US front of the “maths wars” (an ongoing conflict over how maths should be taught in schools) and suggested that these may have implications for the 40 per cent of children who leave British primary schools without adequate maths or English.

My report was based on the work of schools and children in the Stanford Tizard project. My fellow researchers and I are re-evaluating a math curriculum developed by the math educator Caleb Gattegno, the founder of the UK Association of Mathematics Teachers. For a time it…

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