Fifth of trainee teachers cannot do sums or spell... and one had 37 resits before passing basic maths test
Roll up, roll up. Bash the teacher and win a prize.
This is pretty typical.
This rot has been going on for decades. My son is now 38. I used to have to correct his homework AFTER the teachers had checked it just to make sure he was aware of his mistakes and its the same for my younger son who is now 14 years old. I have no respect for teachers at all. They are all thick. Being thick isn't a problem if you are pushing a broom for a living (no disrespect to cleaners - very under rated and important role). But these people think they are the bees knees. Their thickness is transferred to the next generation which is why each generation comes out thicker than the last. Just ask the employers federation.
- Tommy Cockles, Liverpool, 7/11/2011 6:55
Tommy Cockles has form doesn't he?
Couldnt agree more. The Health & Safety Implictaions of not being able to do even simple maths are enormous. How can children fully calculate risk for example. Something needs to be done about this immediately as it will have an effect on the correct amount of Compo being given out in future for skirmishes etc and this needs to be rectified.
- Pedro (NEET), Here, 7/11/2011 6:53
Oh dear, Pedro didn't get the memo and has made schoolboy errors. 1) forrin name 2) cares about H&S 3) omitted hilarious misspelling of 'Health' 4) describes himself as a NEET which in Mailspeak translates as ferral youth and dole scrounger 5) concerned about compensation (guess who pays for that).
Then there's that reference to "skirmishes". There is a paint-ball company called Skirmish and, with the references to H&S and "Compo", I guess he might be referring to that. If not, it's just bizarre.
And the bullshitter of the month award goes to:
A previous client of mine was a Maths teacher at a Secondary school. He was head of maths, and taught both A-Level and GCSE. He couldn't work out how much a 5% deposit was on his mortgage, with or without a calculator. He also didn't want to be a teacher, he wanted to be a frozen fish salesman but the terms of his Visa wouldn't allow it. I would have thought the two basic requirements of a maths teacher is 1) you can do basic maths such as percentages and 2) you have some sort of desire to want to do the job.
- jp, Deivzes, 07/11/2011 06:28
Still there is some hope, here are the two highest rated
Let's be careful with those stones though, DM. A colleague was recently working at your paper on a trainee placement. Suffice to say, she was shocked at the levels of illiteracy on display in your newsroom, not to mention the pass rate for the NCTJ qualifications amongst your staff (far less than 50%, on average. Particularly weak on Law and Ethics, apparently). And what's that? Mail Online is the most-read news site in the world now? Terrifying. Now, back to the hypocrisy.
- Christian, Hove, East Sussex, 7/11/2011 0:03
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Still better than a DM hack can manage, though.
- Carol, Prudhoe. UK, 6/11/2011 23:03
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