I'd like to see mobile phones banned in all schools but especially primary schools - for adults - if seeing the teachers at my children's school is anything to go by. They cannot function without them!!! My children are being taught ludicrous methods for doing simple Maths. Chunking has already been mentioned by some posters. fractions is another problem area. I am absolutely convinced that the problem lies with the education of the primary school teacher; my children's teacher simply does not having a full grasp of the proper way to teach primary children how to multiply by lining numbers up and carrying numbers, they do not having a mental agility themselves. I am having to teach my children how to do long division, how to multiply numbers not using chunking. Maths isn't a fashion item. There is a way that works and and worked really well for my generation. What on earth are they doing being taught chunking??? English and writing is another area where I have grave doubts about my children's teacher's ability. Being a teacher myself, I know not to expect all work to be marked for everything, but even common mistakes like the ones pointed out, capital letters, full stops, commas, proper names having capitals, writing in a straight line, paragraphs don't get corrected. How can this be right? How can my children learn if these aren't corrected? Where are the standards?