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03 06 08 - 02:01
It doesn't add up. Live in Singapore and your child can sit a rigorous mathematics exam set by a British examination board. Send your child to a state school in this country and the same rigour will elude you. This is one small sign, one little fact among many, which shows that mathematics standards in this country are slipping.

The Reform think-tank has conducted an analysis of O-level and GCSE exams over time. They tell a story of a gradual decline in standards. In 1990 the percentage mark for a grade C was just over 50 per cent. Now scores of less than 20 per cent regularly suffice to gain the same grade, despite a much reduced level of difficulty. The paradox is that making maths easier at GCSE has coincided with a fall in the numbers going on to study it at A level. The drop has been of about 15 per cent in a decade.

People are getting stupider. Hello Idiocracy.

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Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

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