In the UK, the state education system underwent a series of changes in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly in the teaching of English and Maths. These changes took away the learning of language, spelling and arithmetic by rote, in the name of experimentation. Allied to this was the removal of teachers’ ability to discipline recalcitrant students. Kids who are told that they do not need to do anything and they will not be punished for it, are going to take advantage. We all know that. This idiocy was replicated in other countries, including the US, then the world’s largest economy. It did not seem to matter if a child could not spell or do simple multiplication, so long as that child was encouraged to find the answer by himself.
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