### Hellooooooooo Sweeties,

**Mathspig is always bemused that politicians (all shades), who struggle with maths of the economy, taxes and even their own expense accounts, suddenly become experts on how to teach maths.**

**Back to Basics is the current catch cry of politicians around the world … to win votes, of course. ****But what does it mean?:**

**Back to the 1950s? **

**With class sizes of 50, student reports stating ‘Margret was 33**^{rd} in the grade’ and the ‘strap’ waiting at the ready in the teacher’s desk draw.

**Back to the 1960s? **

**When maths wasn’t taught to girls. (In Year 8 Mathspig went to a convent. The nuns only taught arithmetic.)**

**Back to the 1970s? **

**When the school curriculum was seen by some to be class-based patriarchal propaganda. Some schools stopped scoring football games to prevent the elitist paradigm spreading.**

## Today?

**For some Back to Basics means Direct Instruction: a rigid, repetitious form of maths instruction when maths can be so much more. See Beware Maths Fundamentalists**

**Mathspigs Mission:**

**To make maths interesting, relevant and fun.**

**Here are some examples:**

**RATES:………………………………………………………………….**

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**% and LINEAR GRAPH:………………………………………**

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## PARABOLIC EQN:………………………………………………….

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**GEOMETRY:**………………………………………………………..

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**PYTHAGORUS:**…………………………………………………….

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### Cheerio

### Mathspig

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