Huw Lewis is the Secretary of State for Education in Wales. Today Mr Lewis has launched the ‘What you say counts’. This is a campaign aimed at parents to improve the image of MATHEMATICS.
The point is quite simple. Children listen to adults and when adults try to be understanding with comments like ‘ I could never do maths when I was your age’, the adults are actually undermining the children and their education.
Media people are the worst offenders. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen TV presenters rejoice in their innumeracy .
This is a shameful admission and for some reason we wear our innumeracy with pride. Yet people hide the fact they cannot read. ALL children are expected to read, all children should similarly be expected to be numerate. That means we have to change. Yes adults have to change.
We have to be positive about mathematics and not run scared from it and we need to give children and young people positive attitudes to maths.
If we are to have an educated workforce in the future they must be literate and numerate at a high level. As a former mathematics teacher and now an author of mathematics education books I have been banging a drum on this one for 30 years. So I am delighted someone else in authority feels the same way. The campaign is being fronted by Welsh tv presenter Arfon Haines-Davies and hopefully will help to change attitudes.
Do you need to improve your maths? You may be influencing your own children to fail.
Look on amazon for my book Understanding Maths, it will help.
Everytime you think you are being helpful by making a negative comment on mathematics to a child, you are in fact damaging that child’s future. We all have a responsibility on this one, I know where I stand on this one, do you?
Together we can change things!