“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.”
– Edgar Allen Poe
“The palest ink is better than the best memory.”
– Chinese proverb
This is part of a series offering my views on some problems with UK maths education. The first part looked at the state of affairs with regards to GCSE and PISA results, the second part looked at my attempt at a diagnosis, the third part looked at pre-existing maths education success stories, the fourth part looked at how textbooks offer the largest potential to improve pedagogy across the nation, and the fifth part examined the role of hard work and homework. This part looks at the problem of memory in maths education.
The Persistence of Memory – Salvador Dali
In my career as a maths teacher, I flip regularly between deep job satisfaction…
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