The headline in today’s Sunday Times reads “All children must learn times tables”. According to the article:
Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, today unveils a “war on illiteracy and innumeracy”, warning that a future Tory government will remove head teachers who fail to ensure every pupil knows their times tables off by heart.
The Prime Minster joined in the act by Tweeting:
Nicky Morgan is right to ensure all pupils leave primary school able to read, write & do times tables. Everyone deserves a chance in life.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) February 1, 2015
If there is to be a war on illiteracy, then perhaps those who should know better could start the campaign by referring to ‘multiplication tables’ and not ‘times tables’. You do not, as many people sadly believe, times one number by another. You multiply.
How many multiplications must people be told to speak proper?