Published 26/11/2011 | 05:00
•In a recent editorial you highlighted the appalling standards of maths in Ireland today.
While correctly diagnosing the symptoms, you miss the root cause of the problem. The standards have dropped precipitously thanks to 'progressive' teaching theories that contend that facts and learning things by heart are to be avoided at all costs.
You can't learn to read without knowing the alphabet. Similarly with maths, there are certain things which must be committed to memory. I have looked at the primary syllabus and I must confess I cannot make head nor tail of it.