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'Just What the Doctor Ordered'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 08.18.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I began to wonder about my longevity when I read that researchers in the United Kingdom had created a survey that can calculate a person's chances of dying in the next five years.

The Pitfalls of Community College Placement Tests

Pamela Burdman | Posted 05.21.2015 | College
Pamela Burdman

Diane Ravitch, in her recent post about international math tests, raises concerns that standardized tests damage the quality of education and constrain young people's intellectual growth. What I worry about is the way they can unfairly deny opportunities to students.

Britney Spears Is Learning Math To Help Her Sons With (Home)Work, B*tch

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents

Algebra is not easy. Britney Spears is getting ahead of the challenge of fifth-grade algebra by taking classes so that she will be able to help he...

A Connecticut Yankee in King Steven's Court

Jerry Zezima | Posted 04.05.2015 | Entertainment
Jerry Zezima

As a Connecticut Yankee born and bred -- or perhaps I should say born and white-bread, which is how most people think of Connecticut Yankees -- I have always loved history, not just because I am old enough to be historical myself, but because I could never do algebra.

How I Taught a 6-Year-Old Algebra in Four Months

Ravé Mehta | Posted 03.11.2015 | Education
Ravé Mehta

The U.S. educational culture is more focused on doing well in sports or being popular. In many cases, these priorities lead kids to being rebellious or defiant, and sometimes not doing well in school, just so they're not perceived as a nerd.

Sassy Pants

Amy Mullis | Posted 10.06.2014 | Fifty
Amy Mullis

My husband doesn't look like Zac Efron. But he looks like Prince Charming to me. And he does the dishes. And brings me a cup of tea every night.

Dear Marcy and Jackie: I Didn't Mean to Eavesdrop

Marcy Winograd | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Marcy Winograd

Each week Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz, educators with over 20 years of experience working with students from elementary to high school, will answe...

'Be Like Mike' on the Court -- and Bill James in the Classroom

Tim Chartier | Posted 01.31.2014 | Science
Tim Chartier

A generation ago, young players across the country were shooting layups with their tongues waggling in the air to simply "Be like Mike." In the mathematical classroom, similar role-playing can enhance learning. Rather than being like Mike, let's see how to be like Bill -- James, that is.

Math in the People's Republic of Massachusetts (and in the Country of California)

Alan Singer | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

We need to have more teachers like Jaime Escalante teaching children how to balance equations by "filling the hole," but the best way to improve math performance is to address poverty in the United States.

My Summer Vacation: Tanzania or Maine-ia

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 09.07.2013 | Travel
Randee Mia Berman

Don't know much about geometry. But I do know this: Summer = Vacation. It's a simple algebraic equation.

America's Math Problem: Should We Get Rid Of Algebra?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Is math holding the United States back? Last week, a community-college...

In Defense of Algebra

Nicholas Warner | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education
Nicholas Warner

In algebra we learn to handle abstractions that are not part of visceral human experience. We learn not only to be comfortable with such external unknowns but how to master them.

In Defense of Algebra and Other Difficult Subjects

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.07.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Isn't the point of being a student to challenge oneself?

To Learn the Value of Algebra, Just Ask an Eighth Grader

Ryan Hall | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
Ryan Hall

Mastering algebra is also like doing push-ups. There's nothing about push-ups that you're going to need to know later in life or that you would have to employ in some way on a job. But the fact remains: push-ups make your body stronger. Algebra makes your brain stronger.

Algebra Is Essential in a 21st Century Economy

David H. Bailey | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
David H. Bailey

While we generally agree with Hacker that significant improvements must be made, dumbing down the curriculum, or tracking students at an early age into college-prep or non-college-prep mathematics is not the answer.

In Defense of Algebra

Linda Rosen | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
Linda Rosen

Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. Instead, let's ensure that all students master algebraic thinking and problem-solving, the essence of algebra, regardless of their eventual career goals.

New York Professor: Stop Teaching Kids Algebra Will Improve Grad Rates

Posted 07.30.2012 | Education

In a July 28 New York Times op-ed titled “Is Algebra Necessary?” Queens College political science professor emeritus Andrew Hacker questions the r...

Solving For X, Among the Neurons

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.26.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

The reigning theory of human thinking argues not only that algebra and language share a neurological foundation, but that mathematical reasoning co-opted the evolved machinery of language for non-linguistic tasks.

Can Common Core Turn on the Math and Science?

Alan Singer | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

I worry that with the Common Core Standards focus on mastering skills through repetitive practice, students will never learn to find their own solutions to chemistry or geometry problems.

N.C. Schools: Middle School Math Too Hard For Elementary Students

Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.01.2012 | Education

Under new education reforms adopted by North Carolina, gifted elementary school students will no longer be able to take middle school courses formerly...

No More Dodging: Calif. Must Decide On Algebra Or Common Core

| John Fensterwald | Posted 06.27.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of Silicon Valley Education Foundation's Thoughts On Public Education blog, For nearly two years, Califo...

PHOTOS: Sculptures Made Out Of Office Supplies

Posted 12.26.2011 | Arts

"I think about math constantly and I see and look for math in everything around me." Zachary Abel is a second year Ph.D student in the MIT Mathematics...

Do you Believe in Algebra? (VIDEO)

Karl Fisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Karl Fisch

Is it possible to provide in a systemic way a customized educational experience for all students that both allows and encourages them to pursue their passions?

Personalization vs. Standardization: It's Tough To Do Both

Dean Shareski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dean Shareski

Providing students with experiences that invite them to develop a variety of skills, understand and appreciate diverse perspectives and potentially uncover hidden talents and interests speaks to a fairly well-accepted purpose of school.

Algebra al fresco in Cyvadier

Crossover Dreams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Crossover Dreams

By Peter Costantini ~ Cyvadier, Haiti Walking home from school in Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo credit: Peter Costantin...