Live and learn
•In response to Dr Alan Rogers's letter regarding primary maths, I would like to assure him that my daughter (in second class) is doing just fine with the "progressive" curriculum. She is far more engaged with learning than I think she would be under the old rote memorisation regime.
She has a very good grasp of mathematic principles, is able to add (and subtract) three-digit numbers in her head and is capable of basic multiplication. Phonics-based language means she has a much larger vocabulary than I had at her age, and she is a voracious reader.
The "progressive" curriculum is exposing her to a wide variety of subjects and demonstrating how these subjects relate to each other, and she loves going to school.