Friday 19 January 2018

Andrew McKimm: Making Project Maths add up is a task that calls for a secret hero

Andrew McKimm meets the man who wrote the textbooks for a curriculum that seems bent on eliminating books

Andrew McKimm

MAURICE O'Driscoll has long been a secret hero of mine. Unlike all my other heroes, he actually exists and I even occasionally get to bump into him at gatherings of maths teachers.

Maurice, under the pseudonym of OD Morris, is both author and publisher of The Text & Tests series of maths books which, as a maths teacher, I have been using in the classroom for more than 20 years. His books are like the man himself, models of clarity and understated precision, and have made my job a thousand times easier. Maurice has raised the process of setting self-educating, intelligent problems to an art form.

One of my students who had missed a significant number of classes on differential calculus recently was able to catch up simply by working from an old edition of one of his books. His textbooks have that rare power that, if you're willing to put in the time, you can learn everything you need to know from them.

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