I was amazed that my son still hasn't totally grasped his multiplication tables and he is in the 7th grade. We have had weekends at home drilling them into his brain. His sister, just two years ahead of him had a teacher who was drill and my daughter is a whiz. The teacher was forced out of the school because it was too much for the kids to have a competition each week to see who was learning their math facts. She was the best teacher my daughter ever had. Very old-school, but loved every kid in her class and they were powerful when they went against the other 4 classes at our elementary. They knew their facts!
Also interested in the high school English genre where my daughter just came home from an authors festival and the author