Posted by Peter on 5th October 2007

Maths news: Basic sums cause stress.

Basic sums cause stress for adults!

So reports the BBC today.

Research from Learndirect suggests that over 13 million adults in the UK become stressed when carrying out basic sums. being involved in these stressful situations made the participants’ blood pressure rise by up to 40%. This study shows that people have to use these basic skills about 14 times a day.

One of the most common stress raisers is working out cooking times!

The survey shows that over 27% of adults said they lacked confidence in their basic maths skills.

I think that many of us realise that this is true and that many adults find straightforward maths anything but – yet we keep piling on more pressure on children1

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