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Breakfast Monday, 22 July, 2002, 07:36 GMT 08:36 UK
So how's your Maths then?
boys in class
A major shake-up in the way maths is taught in schools could be on the cards - with less algebra and more day-to-day use.

So we thought we would ask you to try these simple tests:

  • What's the average speed of a car travelling 96 miles in 3 hours from Manchester to Birmingham?
  • If one euro is 64p - convert 100 euros into pounds.
  • And finally - A twenty-pound T-shirt has 30% off - how much does it cost in the sale?

    (The answers are at the bottom of this page)


    We spoke to the former TV presenter of "Think of a Number" - Johnny Ball.

    Johnny says kids and teachers are working harder than ever before, but within the confines of a very strict regime with less movement.

    He thinks Kids are taught to pass exams and are not spending enough time on the practical use of maths.

    He believes because the Government is concerned about getting everyone up to a certain level, which is very low, it has resulted in lack of adventure and stimulation for kids.

    He thinks what is happening is many of the brighter kids who could go much further are not being allowed to.

    And that is the main reason why, he believes, we are not getting enough kids into engineering and trades.


    The answers to our Maths test:

  • The average speed of a car travelling 96 miles in 3 hours from Manchester to Birmingham - is 32 miles per hour.
  • If one euro is 64p - 100 euros is sixty-four pounds.
  • And finally - A twenty-pound T-shirt with 30% off in the sale - costs fourteen pounds. No problem there then.

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