Half and hearth is a city


This is nice example to use for both literacy and numeracy. Ask students to read the extract (only the first two paragraphs of a much longer article) and explain what it is about. Students should immediately realise that it is only possible to discuss a maximum of 100% of new dwellings, hence to say "at least 300% of new dwellings" is totally meaningless. They could discuss what might have been intended [maybe it was a misprint of 30%; would this be reasonable?].

The spatial aspect of numeracy could be developed here by asking students to sketch the "doughnut effect", described in the first paragraph, on a map of Hobart or an imaginary city. This is a skill we expect citizens to have in understanding aspects of town planning which may effect them.


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