2+2+5-7+3+4-8= ?

To most people a simple sum, the answer to which would be quickly worked out in the head, but sad to say, that is not true of everyone. According to the charity, National Numeracy (NN), at least half of adult Britons cannot do simple maths.

I have written many times in the past about the failing standards in British education, and this latest piece of news just about  proves what I have been saying. The NN figure of 17 million working age adults with poor numeracy is to say the least a national scandal. 

Essentials In Today's World

A Skills for Life survey questioned 7,000 16 to 65-year-olds, which revealed that almost half of the working age population has numeracy skills roughly the same as those expected of primary school children, and the proportion has risen (from 47% to 49%) in the last eight years, and in my view, this figure will get much higher as we see more of the children currently in school reach adulthood.

Our Hi-Tech World

The research shows clearly that the majority of adults have problems interpreting their pay slips and working out their tax returns. Also, without the aid of cash tills that automatically tell the cashier how much change to give, they are completely lost. Anyone who has a job that requires them to interpret graphs, charts and tables is hopelessly out of their depth.

Very few people will admit to having poor literacy skills, about 86%, but fewer, 49% are loath to tell you they are poor at maths. Many people these days are offering excuses for their deficiency by saying for example; “It’s genetic”  while some wear their lack of numeracy skills like a ‘badge of honour’.

On A Calculator Its So Easy

We have become so dependent on the electronic calculator that even simple math like the title cannot be done by most people without one. This is a shocking state of affairs!

If This Was Written By A Teacher I'm Not Surprised

So far as education is concerned, unfortunately we have a knock-on effect, for as each generation becomes more illiterate and numeracy challenged (politically correct),  so the teaching standards decline further. Its a true case of the blind leading the blind.

To break the cycle, the education authorities desperately need to set a high minimum standard of education for teachers, and train them to a level where they can actually do some good. This could well mean a teacher going back to school in their chosen subject for a minimum of two years. Only in this way can they learn what they should have learned during their time in ordinary school and teacher training.

Back When Teachers Knew Their Stuff!

In my day, every teacher needed to know the subjects he/she taught inside out. When kids asked a question of him/her they had the answer in their heads and didn’t need to consult a textbook like the idiots we have teaching today.

One thing is certain, the country cannot go on in this fashion, because we are getting to the stage where British people will become unemployable in today’s work place.

Pretty Soon Dole Queue's Will Be A Mile Long

After we led the world in innovation, industry and science for so many generations, it is indeed sad to see the rotten decay in our education system that has turned us into a nation of dunces! As I have often said, Tony Blair and his gang have a lot to answer for. It truly upsets me having to write so many negative posts about Britain these days, but from  my viewpoint, the whole country is going down the tubes at an ever-increasing rate.

We desperately need a government with the balls to sort out this mess (among others) and get the country back on its feet and give the people something to be proud of again. The trouble is, like most politicians these days, they are more worried about ‘staying in power at the next election’ than they are of making unpopular choices for the good of the country.

Modern Brit Caveman - Anno 2020

Perhaps it is time for a totally new political party to come along and start the ball rolling, because for sure we cannot rely on the current lot to do what is right, and to vote in the previous shower of crooks (i.e. Labour) will only accelerate the fall into the abyss. Pretty soon the British people will degenerate to the level of cavemen with houses and cars.

The effects of this debacle in education will have far reaching results for the entire country, for pretty soon we will be a generation of idiots with absolutely no prospects for a job, little or no engineering or scientific skills and a floundering manufacturing industry. We will become as useless to the modern technical world as the natives living in the jungles of the Amazon (no offence intended).

Incidentally, for those who are scratching their heads trying to work out the simple math problem displayed in the title, the answer is 1.

Roy.

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