The Telegraph is reporting that David Cameron has accused teaching unions of “dismissing the life chances” of Britain’s children by suggesting they can look up the answers to their times tables on mobile phones.
Earlier this year Ms Blower said forcing primary school children to know their full times tables is unnecessary because they can look up the answers on mobile phones.
Her comments came after the government said every child will be expected to know their times tables off by heart when they leave primary school as part of the Government’s “war on innumeracy”…
Speaking in Islington, north London, Mr Cameron said: “Dismissing knowledge is, frankly, dismissing the life chances of our children.
“Frankly, that is exactly what people like the general secretary of the NUT are doing when they say children don’t need to learn their times tables because they can use their phone instead. That is utterly the wrong thinking.
“All the things knowledge helps infuse – innovation, creativity, problem solving – are the qualities our employers want.”
The Prime Minister used a keynote speech to launch a major campaign to encourage high-flying mentors to pass on their experiences to youngsters at risk of dropping out of school…
Is David Cameron right to call Christine Blower out over her comments on children not needing to learn their times tables?
What about his broader point on the value of knowledge and the suggestion we undermine the life chances of children by not promoting it?
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