In response to Chris McGovern: In the long war on classroom mediocrity, mediocrity won, ButcombeMan wrote:
The learning of tables “by the age of 11”, IS mediocrity, sorry Nicky.
In my northern working class school, 65 years ago, most people knew their tables by the age of seven, it was made impossible not to. THAT is why many modern children lag behind their grandparents.
More than forty in the class, gas lighting and slates and chalk (Yes really). Life was lived in black and white then.
The sheer lack of ambition of Nicky Morgan, is terrifying. I despair.