John Marks argues in 'Standards of arithmetic' that the teaching of arithmetic in Britain is still imbued with 'progressive' techniques, such as:
-- children do not receive a proper grounding in arithmetic before moving onto mathematics
-- there is little whole-class teaching
-- calculators are widely used, with logic being abandoned in favour of an experimental or 'investigative' approach
In his recommendations, Dr Marks calls for Ofsted to ensure that all primary school children are taught arithmetic with traditional teaching methods and practices; calculators should be banned; and standardised tests on accuracy introduced and published for each school.