They claim the \”Use of Mathematics\” qualification, which shows students how to solve realistic problems, lacks academic rigour.
It is designed to give teenagers a grounding in the use of maths in everyday situations. Trial exam papers include questions on issues such as population growth, road distances, income, the weight of babies and even seed germination.
Someone, somewhere, seems to have missed the point that past a certain level maths isn\’t about cranking through problems. It\’s about how to construct the problems.
Perhaps I\’m just touchy on the point as that\’s exactly where I started to go awry in the subject. Back in the day I could solve quadratics, integrate, crank through any number of statistical thingies to get mean, median, standard deviation etc. But there does become a stage when they ask you to compose the equations that you\’ve then got to solve. And that simply left me baffled.
I\’m not sure if there\’s a point like that in every subject, a blocking point, a step change. And you\’ve either got it or you ain\’t. But if there is, sounds reasonably sensible that you find out whether you have or not before you go to uni, doesn\’t it?