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School maths should be more practical, say teenagers

Fri, 4 May 2012

School maths should be more practical, say teenagers


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Maths lessons are seen as difficult, irrelevant and boring by about a third of teenagers, a survey suggests.

Some of the school pupils surveyed for vocational training providers City & Guilds also called for the subject to be geared towards real life. But most agreed that maths would be useful once they had left school. Chris Jones of City & Guilds said "it needs to be more relevant to the real world."

Researchers for City & Guilds interviewed 3,000 school pupils aged from seven to 18 on their attitudes to employment and beliefs about future employment prospects.

The survey results showed that 69% of young people believed that as a subject, maths could help them become more successful.

Teenagers had clear ideas for how maths teaching could be improved, with 54% saying it should be geared more to practical scenarios.

BBC News

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