November 21, 2004

Darts education

Solid evidence of whether or not educational standards are actually declining is hard to come by. **Here** is some though:

The John Barras chain of public houses is installing calculators beside its darts boards. Declining standards in mathematics have left younger players unable to do the sums, the chain claims.

This is quoted by Giles Smith, at the top of an article about "darts education". (Gratuitous **darts board picture** there, drawn on maths type paper!) Smith then cracks a lot of jokes which I quickly got bored with. I preferred the other quote he stuck at the top, from darts champion Phil "The Power" Taylor:

Darts is fantastic for honing your maths skills. They should introduce darts calculations into the GCSE maths syllabus.

… although, like so many, Phil "The Power" Taylor jumps from "X might be a good idea", to "X should therefore be compulsory". But this habit is an educational defect shared by many more persons than Phil "The Power" Taylor.