Mathematics education uncovered and recovered

September, 2017

One in six

It is always a pleasure to find someone of the same mind. My amazement at the UK university application system is shared by the Guardian: Historians will laugh at us when they look back at our university application system. With only one in six young people getting the exam results their teachers predict, the current […]

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Calculators are not allowed

My son sat the Key Stage 2 tests this year. It was the second run of the tests based on the new primary curriculum. In mathematics, two “reasoning“ papers and an “arithmetic” paper replaced two written general mathematics papers (one allowed use of a calculator, the other did not) and a mental mathematics test. The […]

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Curious case of an error in an exam paper

Here is a question from A level Edexcel Core 1 January 2013 paper: The equation \(  (k+3) x^2+6x+k=5 \)   where \( k\) is a constant, has two distinct real solutions for \(x\). Show that k satisfies \(  k^2-2k-24<0 \)   Hence find the set of possible values of \( k\). This is a question […]

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