The Daily Mail claimed that English maths teachers were the worst in the world based on a selective reading of a recently published international comparative study in maths teacher training. The study looked at nine countries chosen because they were strong in maths. One of these was England. Nine countries hardly encompass the world, or even that part of it described as developed. Nevertheless, this did not prevent the Mail from saying English maths teachers “languished” at the bottom of an international league table. It’s true that England was outperformed by most of the other countries but the comparative study made it clear that England was not disgraced.
The Mail also took the opportunity to repeat the story
about UK tumbling down international league tables in maths by using the discounted OECD PISA 2000 results.
A few days before the Mail had distorted
the OFSTED report about history teaching by cherry picking any negative remarks.