The Independent is reporting that the NUT leader Christine Blower has said that forcing children to know their full times tables is unnecessary because they can look up the answers on their mobile phones.
…Ms Blower told Sky News that ‘rote learning’ was not the best or only way to teach children. She said: “Looking up your times tables is very easy to do. So the other thing we have to do is make sure that children and young people use the computing ability on their mobile phones so they can get that at their fingertips.
“Children will learn the times tables in an appropriate way if they are taught in an appropriate way.”
She added that she was “not saying that children should not learn their tables” but rather cautioning against “pressing times tables onto children in a way that we don’t particularly think is necessarily helpful, and then saying that schools are failing because they are not necessarily doing the test, not necessarily all achieving the test results at the right time.”…
Our poll on the subject seems to be coming out strongly in favour of the policy, so is Christine Blower wrong on this one?
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