Taking delight in times tables | Letters

Mathematically mature readers respond to a recent Guardian article by Peter Bradshaw A teacher helps a schoolboy with his times tables. Photograph: Ian Shaw/Alamy The usefulness of multiplication tables lies not in their practical application – though they can help one to avoid being bamboozled by supermarket offers – but in the beauty and symmetry…

I’ve never known my times tables. Frankly, who needs them? | Peter Bradshaw

The ministerial diktat to make children learn multiplication by rote is silly. Surely there are more important things ‘Times tables are a Gradgrindian chanting fetish periodically revived by politicians who have never really needed times tables.’ Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA What’s nine sevens? Quick, quick! Nine sevens. Now, some people can answer that straight away, with…