Would they complain so loudly about tests of English and literacy? I suspect not.
Worse yet, the attitude of university teacher trainers only encourages their students to perpetuate the belief that mathematics is an optional skill. Even the Chief Inspector of Schools is complicit, as the recent "half of three-quarters" debacle demonstrates.
In a world dominated by science and technology, mathematics is not an optional extra. If we deny our children the right to be literate in the very language of science and engineering, we condemn them to be second- class citizens in the 21st century.
Dr DAVID HARPER