Fractions and long division predict maths success

Lots of folk these days have trouble with long division. This makes perfect sense for two reasons:

  1. Everyone uses a calculator, so the laborious, paper-based approach is bypassed
  2. The method for long division has always been taught like cookery…ie ‘just do this’

It’s no wonder that it’s been shown that if you don’t get to grips with fractions and long division, then the rest of the subject remains a mystery.

Many of us just can’t follow the method without understanding why…somebody has to take the time to explain all of this stuff before solid progress can be made.




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