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.