Gambling in the classroom?

2nd Mar 2007

Professor Alastair Gillespie, chairman of the Scottish Mathematical Council came up with some contraversial teaching methods recently.

He suggested gambling should be on the national curriculum to encourage those kids who are not adept at maths.

Unsorprisingly his ideas were not met with enthusiasm by anti-gambling activists who claimed that teaching children about gambling would lead to an increase in gambling addicts.

However he was defended by gambling expert Mark Griffiths of Nottingham Trent University. The professor said “Gambling should be on the school curriculum because it engages people with basic maths. I have taught it in schools and if you show people that there is a much greater chance of being hit by lightening than of winning the lottery, it puts gambling into perspective.”

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