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The problem with times tables
I’ve written before about the problem of innumeracy and about what problems this can cause for those who are maths illiterate. However the question still comes up on parenting forums “Is it really important for children to know their times tables?”
The following survey results show the problem;
In the UK:
A survey of 1,000 people over the age of 15 found that only 40% of those questioned could correctly answer a simple sum such as 8 x 9, but among the over-55’s in the survey, the number of correct answers rose to more than 60%
In the US
A survey of California Algebra I teachers report that 30% of their students do not know the multiplication tables.
So how important is learning the times tables to you and your family?