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Title Carol Vorderman hits out at government for maths abacus plan 'Not our culture' | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV | Express.co.uk
Description CAROL VORDERMAN said a potential government plan to provide abacus' in schools to help with maths teaching is a bad idea.
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Express.HomeoftheDailyandSundayExpress.DiscountcodesPuzzlesHoroscopesInYourAreaShopPaperLoginRegisterYourAccountSignOut22°CFindusonFacebookFollowusonTwitterFindusonInstagramSearchHOMENewsShowbiz&TVSportCommentFinanceTravelEntertainmentLife&StyleTV&RadioCelebrityNewsHomeShowbiz&TVTV&RadioCarolVordermanhitsoutatgovernmentformathsabacusplan'Notourculture'CAROLVORDERMANsaidapotentialgovernmentplantoprovideabacus'inschoolstohelpwithmathsteachingisabadidea.ByOliviaGantzer20:36,Wed,May19,2021|UPDATED:20:36,Wed,May19,2021LinkcopiedCoronationStreet:AbicriesatSeb'sbedasshesaysgoodbyeSignupforFREEnowforthebiggestmomentsfrommorningTVSUBSCRIBEInvalidemailWeuseyoursign-uptoprovidecontentinwaysyou'veconsentedtoandtoimproveourunderstandingofyou.Thismayincludeadvertsfromusand3rdpartiesbasedonourunderstanding.Youcanunsubscribeatanytime.MoreinfoTomarkWorldNumeracyDay,themathematicsexpertandformerco-hostofCountdownspoketoTheOneShowpresentersAlexJonesandJermaineJenastodiscussthepotentialreasonsforUKadultsstrugglingwithmaths.AlexJonesaskedCarol'sopiniononagovernmentplantoprovidethousandsofabacus'toschools,butCaroldidn'tliketheidea.RelatedarticlesTheChase'sBradleyWalshstunnedatshowfirstMPlosesitwithAdilRayoverIndianvariantliesinGMBclash"Thegovernmenthassaidnowthattheymightgiveout6,000abacus'toschools,"Alexexplained."Nowthisobviouslyisgoingcompletelyawayfromthecalculator,goingbacktoquiteanoldschoolidea."Howhelpfuldoyouthinktheywouldbeinschools?"Carolseemedconfusedbythesuggestion,andadmittedshedidn'tliketheidea.Appearingviavideolink,shereplied:"WellI'mnotsure-playingwithanabacusisanicethingtodo."READMORE: AlexJonesfumesasJamesCordendropsGavinandStaceybombshellTheOneShow:Carolcriticisedagovernmentplantohelpschoolchildrenwithmaths(Image:BBC)TheOneShow:CarolVordermanspoketoAlexandJermaine(Image:BBC)READMOREGardeners'World'sAdamFrostleavesOneShowguestintearsShecontinued:"Butthatisn'tsomethingIthinkwouldbeoverlybeneficial."It'sanicepracticething.Butthat'snotourculturehere."AndIthinkalotofthisiswehavedifferentcommunitiesintheUKandsomeculturesreallyrespectmathematics."Theyreallyrespectscience,theyreallyrespectthosesubjectsfarmorethanothers.TheOneShow:CarolVordermanspokeaboutmathsintheUK(Image:BBC)TheOneShow:GreggWallacealsoappearedintheshow(Image:BBC)"Andifthatrespectisthere,generally-anditisageneralisation-theresultsarestrong."SoI'mnotconvincedabouttheabacustobeperfectlyhonest.Nicethingtoplaywithbutthisisthekeything-howmanyparentswillknowhowtopracticewiththatabacuswiththeirchildrenathome?"Andmanymethodsofsimplesubtractionforinstancehaschangedovertheyearssincetheparentwastaughtatschool."Itcomesasstatisticshavefoundthatnearlyone-thirdofUKadultsstrugglewiththesubject.DON'TMISSTheCrown:ReasonClaireFoyreturnedinseasonfour [INTERIVEW]Bridgertoncast'game'for8seasonstocompletefamily'sstory [LATEST]BBCBreakfast'sRachelBurdenmakespointonhotspotareas [VIDEO]RelatedarticlesAlexJoneshaltsTheOneShowas'wind'jokeleavesherinhystericsGardeners'World'sAdamFrostleavesOneShowguestintearsTalkingaboutherpassionformaths,Carolexplainedearlierintheinterviewtheimportanceofcontinuingtopracticemaths,butsaidshedoesn'tblamecalculatorsforpeoplebecoming"lazy."Shesaiditwasdowntoaprogressivedeclineinmathsthatadultsfinditdifficult.Shesaid:"Tomeit'ssimple-youlearnwell.Andifyouareanxious,askthedumbquestionbecauseifanybodyisgoodatteachingtheywillbeabletoanswerwhatyouthinkisthedumbquestion."Neverbefrightenedtoaskthat,andit'sacriticalpartofit."TrendingREADMOREDannyBoyBBCcast:Whoisinthecast?Elsewhereintheshow,GreggWallacetalkedabouthisupcomingshow,GreggWallace'sBigWeekendAway.TheTVchefexplainedthataswellasbeingafoodie,he'salsoa"historybuffandaculturevulture"andishopingtheshowwillinspirepeopletofindgoodlocalplacestoeatwhentheygoonholiday.ThepresentersalsodiscussedtheconfusionsurroundingtheUK'stravellistasCovid-19restrictionsbegintoease.TheOneShowairsweekdaysat7pmonBBCOne.RelatedarticlesAlexanderArmstrongadmitsQueenlefthimintearsinpersonalletterTheOneShow'sAlexJonesdistractedbyBrianConley'stechglitchGardeners'World'sAdamFrostleavesOneShowguestintearsBBCTheOneShowMostreadinTV&RadioLatestvideosShirleyBallasaskedbyanxiousdoctorto'findtime'forsurgerybeforeconditionworsensQueendrummerRogerTaylorreleasescoverofclassictrackTheClappingSong– LISTENRedArrowsflypastroute-WhenandwhereyoucanseeRedArrowstodayBarcelona'simprovedXIifRaheemSterlingjoinsfromManCityinJanuaryFuriousrowasthousandsofOrangeOrderprotesterstaketostreets–hugepolicecrackdown'Whydidtheychangeit?!'QuestionofSportfansstaggeredatBBC'it'sawful'QuestionofSportoutrageasdancerAntonduBekejoinsline-up:‘Clueisinthetitle!'KateGarrawayleavesEmmaRaducanuopenmouthedwithVogueclaim'didn'thappen'‘Thatwasawkward’BBCBreakfastNagaleavesco-starred-facedoverappearance‘Beforethedivorce!’MattTebbuttincringe-worthyjokeatNagaMunchettyonherhusbandWhydidKatieMcGlynnleaveCoronationStreetasSineadTinker?RhysStephensonunfairadvantage:Strictlystar’sexperienceexposedStrictly2021starRobertWebbonlife-changingconditionthatinspiredhimtosignupGoggleboxfansdelight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