Can everyone 'do' maths?

The government wants everyone to do maths – but has not stopped to think if everyone can, says Hilary Moriarty.

In the great debate about too many students choosing arts subjects over mathematics at A level, very few people seem to be acknowledging the unpopular truth that some people can’t do maths.

Obviously, I don’t mean, “at all”!

For a civilised, sophisticated society in a post-industrial highly technological age, it is surely perfectly reasonable to expect all students at 16 to pass GCSE exams in maths and at least one science. I don’t even believe the exams at that stage are that difficult, and I do believe that really good teaching between the ages of five and 16 can probably make a difference to a student’s chances of achieving a grade of C or above. This much we should expect.

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