Back to basics... This seems to be the cry when a report is published bemoaning the poor performance of school students. Youth Leaders Dave Fenton photo: iStock Only the other day when mathematics was said to be poorly taught, the solution was for children to recite their tables. subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.