tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4426903733734944180.post5082240837402286734..comments2017-02-22T11:24:31.724-08:00Comments on Derek Haylock - Author: Calculations: foundations of mathematics?Derek Haylockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10959138785915870717noreply@blogger.comBlogger3125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4426903733734944180.post-37577912067693018822017-02-22T11:24:31.724-08:002017-02-22T11:24:31.724-08:00I agree with Mrs brown. Fluency with number comes...I agree with Mrs brown. Fluency with number comes from being comfortable and able to calculate without aids them you move on. sarah welshhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17678251501353485187noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4426903733734944180.post-10201541149152494052016-10-20T04:30:09.438-07:002016-10-20T04:30:09.438-07:00I was making the point that in doing A-level mathe...I was making the point that in doing A-level mathematics you do not need formal written calculation skills. So there is no justification for the argument that these are fundamental skills in mathematics. I heard a Cambridge maths graduate comment recently that in 3 years reading maths at Cambridge he had never once done a calculation. You might want to argue that written calculation skills are useful in other real-life contexts than doing proper mathematics, but in a technological age such as ours you will lose the argument! The only context in which they are actually useful is in doing the Key Stage 2 National test for mathematics, thanks to our misguided National Curriculum. How sad.Derek Haylockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10959138785915870717noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4426903733734944180.post-73655922226650147952016-09-18T14:17:47.287-07:002016-09-18T14:17:47.287-07:00How do you know he isn't superbly good at math...How do you know he isn't superbly good at mathematics now because his written methods were so good on entering secondary school that he didn't have to waste weeks relearning the skills before every new topic? I'm not saying that the written methods are the cause of his greatness really, just puzzled by your leaps of logic.mrbrownsayshttps://mrbrownsays.wordpress.com/noreply@blogger.com