Google is making it more difficult for schools to give their pupils a compulsory maths exam because it has found that teaching maths is an important part of the educational experience.
The company’s head of education for UK and Ireland, Richard Hickey, told the Sunday Times that he believes compulsory maths is essential for every student to “be able to get on in life”.
The new test, called the Common Core Maths Assessment, has been introduced in more than 70% of UK and Irish schools in the past few years.
Google has been one of the most outspoken critics of the Common, with critics arguing that it has created a climate of mistrust in which students fear the result of a test if they do not pass.
It’s also argued that the test does not reflect a “critical mass” of maths skills in the UK and that students who do pass may feel left behind by their peers in the broader society.
But Google’s director of education, Richard Cottrell, argued that maths is part of a “deep and important part” of every child’s education.
“It’s an important component of their life,” he said.
“They don’t always know how to do it, they don’t know the correct answer, and they don, as a result, find it difficult to get ahead.”
In that sense, they are the people who are not doing well, but they are not missing out.
“So, by the same token, I think it’s important for schools in a way to encourage them to be as good as they can be in the way they teach the subject, and not just teach it.”
But he added that the new test was a “great opportunity” for schools, because it allows them to “show that we value their pupils and give them a good chance of getting on in the world”.
Google also announced plans to give its employees more autonomy over their curriculum, including “a better ability to choose how and where to teach and the types of things they teach”.
In the past, it has been forced to hand over some of its intellectual property to a third party in order to keep the licence to make Google’s search software in the US and its products in the EU.
Google was one of several companies to receive a patent from Microsoft in the 1990s, which gave it the right to “transform” existing software.
It has since been granted patents for the ability to search, display maps, and analyse web content.
The patent was granted to Google for its ability to understand search queries and search data.
In the same way, the UK’s Education Secretary, Karen Bradley, said that Google’s move was a step in the right direction in helping students “to learn what they are actually doing”.
“As we have seen in other countries where we have a competitive advantage in technology and a better understanding of what is going on in schools, students benefit,” she said.
“As a result of this, the government is investing billions in digital learning and research to help students and teachers understand how to be able to teach, and to build on their knowledge, through this new system of Common Core.”