4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Elephant in the Classroom: Helping Children Learn and Love Maths (Paperback)
This is a great book about maths education. I originally got it out of the library, and did not expect much, but was very pleasantly surprised.
It seems that our efforts to improve maths skills by trying to measure them are counterproductive. That assessment itself turns kids off maths by replacing their curiosity with the need to protect their ego. That constant teaching to external tests is bad. And, counterintuitively, that streaming according to "ability" is bad for everyone (except perhaps the teacher who gets the "good" class).
There was also special mention of issues effecting girls and maths.
I think a quick summary of the book would be that we can't all be mathematical geniuses, but we can have greater enjoyment of maths, greater engagement with maths, and go out into the world with maths skills that are actually useful.