Maths News Headlines

Links to any maths news that catches my eye. Could be zero or twenty sto­ries on any par­tic­u­lar day.

Fri­day Feb­ru­ary 1st 2013

1. Elite Maths School Pro­posed for Exeter

New Free school to be estab­lished in Exeter will be a cen­tre of excel­lence for Maths. This has been sup­ported by local Labour MP Ben Brad­shaw but opposed by teach­ing unions.

In my opin­ion this is mis­sion creep from the orig­i­nal Free School prin­ci­ples. It will be an elit­ist school and only pupils with excep­tional maths skills will be eli­gi­ble. If this was repli­cated across other sub­jects and spread to all parts of the coun­try, wouldn’t this amount to selec­tion (of the type we saw when we had gram­mar and sec­ondary schools)  by the back door? Read more here.

Thurs­day Jan­u­ary 31st 2013

1. OCF joins new ini­tia­tive to improve adults’ maths skills

OCF (Online Cen­tres Foun­da­tion) is join­ing Maths4us along with over 20 other orga­ni­za­tions to boost adults’ maths skills. An action plan will be devel­oped over the com­ing weeks. Read more here.

At the moment the details seem vague but I guess these will become clear as the action plan is devel­oped. In the mean­time Maths4us has a web­site which has some use­ful infor­ma­tion for all adults want­ing to improve their maths skills and for all maths and numer­acy teachers.

2. UK’s Games Indus­try Calls for Improved Stan­dards in Maths and Sci­ence Education

TIGA (The Inde­pen­dent Game Developer’s Asso­ci­a­tion) has responded to Sir Tim’s Berner-Lee’s com­ments about com­puter sci­ence edu­ca­tion. Read full press release here.

3. Maths Should Be Cool Not Scary

Ok this is not really news but it’s an inter­est­ing Guardian blog about the way that maths is per­ceived by chil­dren and soci­ety at large. It’s all the more com­pelling because it’s writ­ten by an Eng­lish teacher! The com­ments are also a good read. Read arti­cle here.

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