BRITAIN’S poor numeracy is the fault of maths for being so hard, experts have claimed.
Researchers at the Institute for Studies believe that the reason almost 50% of the UK cannot add up is that maths is way too difficult.
Professor Henry Brubaker said: “It’s easy to point the finger at individuals or the education system, but the real problem is with maths itself.
“It’s like a foreign language or something. Seriously, have you tried it lately?
“Go and attempt a sum. I guarantee you will give up.”
He added: “The most straightforward ‘solution’ – if I may use a maths-y word – is to ban maths altogether, then no-one would have to feel bad.”
Housewife Nikki Hollis said: “I think if we stopped maths it may have some negative effects that I don’t entirely understand, but the pluses – sorry ‘good points’ – would outweigh them.”
Estate agent Roy Hobbs said: “Like most people I am not interesting in learning, but I do want to feel good about myself.
“A maths-free world would be a happier place. No-one would have to feel bad about not being able to do it, and no one would get bullied for being good at it.”
He added: “The only good thing about maths is that bird on Countdown. I’d happily put my Pythagoras in her theorem.”