FOR PARENTS: Last year a survey of 19 year-olds indicated that   that 285,000 of them had left school at age 16 without a Grade C or higher in both English and Maths and only 21 % of those who had not gained a good grade at age 16 in English continued studying  it, along with 23 per cent of those who had not got a C or better  in Maths. QUESTION: How many did not continue English and  how many studied Maths? That question is very simple arithmetic. However, as a nation, we don’t “do” sums. When I was at Citibank, I organised a voxpops-type street survey in which we asked passers-by to calculate something like “What is 60% of  50?” LESS than HALF of the participants  (all adults) were able to give the correct answer……… Today’s much-maligned kids are just as good at arithmetic as their parents…..and by the way….THAT is why most political and economic statistics are presented  in percentages rather than in REAL terms!  Most of us have NO IDEA what they mean!   #NationOFthickos