Should all textbooks be the same?

No one would disagree that raising standards in mathematics is important. However, there is lots of disagreement on what the best way to do this. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, is convinced he has the answer: Chinese and Singaporean-style textbooks.

At a meeting held by the DfE last week, educational publishers where told that the only model for textbooks were the Chinese and Singaporean ones on show and a list of criteria would be drawn up to which all textbooks “would have to conform”.

Ruth Mertens, professor of primary education at University of St Mark and St John, questions whether this is the right approach in an interesting article published in The Guardian.


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