Heather (sydneygb) wrote in little_details,

Multiplication training in Australian education circa 1960

In the film "Fahrenheit 451" British schoolchildren can be heard chanting their times tables (e.g. "Nine sixteens are a hundred and forty-four, nine seventeens are a hundred and fifty-three", etc.). Was this system also used by the Australian schools (specifically in the fifties and sixties; character in question was born in 1954)? And how high do they go? Did they really train kids to learn the multiplication tables up to nineteen, or was that just in the movie? I did find this page which lists all the rhymes, but that's all I can find that's relevant, and that goes to twelve.
Tags: 1960-1969, australia: education

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