Very critical report of maths in schools appears to be out today. Article in telegraph. Here are some of the headlines Standards in schools have slipped so low that GCSE maths now amounts to little more than "glorified numeracy" while even those with top grades at A-level are woefully ill-equipped to study maths and science at university. A combination of the "modular" A-level system, which allows pupils to bypass certain fields such as calculus.... (Really - is this actually possible!!!!!)Some seventy per cent of first-year undergraduates studying biology, 38 per cent reading chemistry and economics and 20 per cent on engineering courses in 2009 had not completed an A level in maths. (No wonder they struggle with the maths they are required to do if they haven't done A-level maths. Surely it would be easier to make maths compulsory if you do these subjects at Uni)"Part of [the problem] is the modulisation of A level, whereby there is no interlinking between the different elements of maths, but it is also because there is a race to the bottom at A-level by exam boards competing with each other about the ease with which students can achieve their grades." (Is this really a massive problem at A-level. Granted GCSE has issues, but not sure how much more can feasibly be covered in the time given)Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, vice-chancellor of Surrey University, added: "I think that in pretty much every university the issues over maths skills apply. "This has been an issue now for many years within universities, partly due to the increase in the breadth of maths that is studied at schools but with a lack of depth. In some cases, for example, there is a complete absence of calculus, which is an issue in many subjects." (I'm sorry but where does Mr Snowden get his comments from. Where can a student student study A-level maths and not do calculus. Am I missing something!!!!Those wishing to study science, engineering or maths at university should be required to take a maths A-level, while those focusing on humanities subjects like English or classics should still study the subject to AS level, the committee said. (We need a new qualfication. Everyone is not and will not be capable of even AS-level maths. I fear standards would really slip if everyone had to do AS maths. It also assumes that everyone knows that they if they want to go to Uni in Y12/Y13 and what they want to study). University professors again saying they are not happy and getting themselved heard. Maybe it's time school teachers criticised the way students were taught at University. It also worries me where we are actually going to get all these extra maths teachers from.