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Math and Science

Think Twice Before Blaming Teachers

Melanie Fine | Posted 02.23.2016 | Science
Melanie Fine

I hear it every day from my own students. "You don't teach us," they mutter under their breath, or sometimes brazenly out loud. "No one gets this," individual students remark beneficently on behalf of everyone. And so I struggle. Every day. Every class. Every interaction.

Innovation Earth: Make 'Home Ecologics' the New Home Ec

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

"Did you notice anything special about the way I washed the dishes?" I asked my husband, admiring my cleaning-up handiwork following the dinner he had...

My Secret Life as a Bitcoin Miner - Part 1: The Basics

Alexandra Berke | Posted 06.16.2014 | Huffpost Code

This is part 1 in what will be a 3 part series, which will become progressively more in depth and technical. The term Bitcoin has been in the news ...

Is Mathematics Invented or Discovered?

Derek Abbott | Posted 11.10.2013 | Science
Derek Abbott

Remember how irrational numbers petrified the bejesus out of the Pythagoreans? Or the interminable time it took mankind to introduce a zero into arithmetic? Recall the centuries of debate that occurred over whether negative numbers are valid or not?

STEM. Now.

Ben Esner | Posted 09.03.2013 | College
Ben Esner

The field needs an agenda that more deeply involves scientists and engineers, brings more content expertise to classrooms, and reforms the systems that will have big, transformative effects on what, and how, young people learn.

The Messages We Send to Young Girls, From Sheryl Sandberg (WATCH)

Posted 08.14.2013 | Home

How can we get young girls to have more self-confidence before they enter the workplace? Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg thinks that it is imp...

Hey, It's OK To Be Bad At Math

Posted 02.22.2013 | Teen

High school can be really stressful -- to say the least. Our weekly "Hey, It's OK!" series is here to remind you of all things you SHOULDN'T be worrie...

Great Mathematical Problems

Ian Stewart | Posted 03.30.2013 | Science
Ian Stewart

Great mathematical problems sometimes arise from questions about the natural world, but more often they emerge because gaps appear in our mathematical knowledge.

STEM Education's National Moment

Ben Esner | Posted 01.23.2013 | Education
Ben Esner

Next Generation Science Standards, we hope, will raise the bar for schools even higher. But the reality is that most schools and teachers are unprepared.

Want to Interest More Kids in Science? Bring Science Down to Earth

Jeanne McCarty | Posted 10.18.2012 | Education
Jeanne McCarty

Our children don't lose their curiosity once they enter school, but they often lose their drive to learn. Once we start treating the outdoors as a living laboratory, children will continue exploring the things that attracted their attention in the first place.

Spilled Orange Juice on My Way to a Math Conference in Spain

Frank Morgan | Posted 08.30.2012 | Science
Frank Morgan

I was already worried when he asked for his dinner in one hand while he still had his computer open on his dinner table. It was a full flight and he w...

How Science Works

Priyamvada Natarajan | Posted 07.11.2012 | Science
Priyamvada Natarajan

The reality of how science works is in sharp contrast to the way most Americans seem to see it--perhaps as definitive, time-limited, and based on speculation or assertion.

To Hold Infinity and Beyond

Tim Chartier | Posted 05.27.2012 | Science
Tim Chartier

Mathematics allows us to study abstract ideas in ways that might initially defy intuition. Does more than one size of infinity do that for you?

Bottom Line on Mathematics Education

David Mumford | Posted 01.30.2012 | Education
David Mumford

If we want future adults to learn to use mathematics then we must show them how mathematics is used in ways and situations that are genuine and that are relevant to their own experience. This isn't really all that hard.

I Hate That Kids Hate Math!

Kelly Trotter King | Posted 01.04.2012 | Education
Kelly Trotter King

After 16 years as an educational consultant, one of the most often heard phrases that makes me cringe is, "I hate math!". This is generally followed b...

The Best And Worst States For Math And Science Education

Posted 10.01.2012 | Education

In recently released rankings of how states' primary education systems are preparing students for careers in engineering, Massachusetts, Minnesota and...

It's Time to Stop Lying to Students and Parents and Raise Our Educational Standards

Craig R. Barrett | Posted 09.04.2011 | Education
Craig R. Barrett

It's time to use honest assessments and do the hard work of getting more of our students to clear the bar. Together, we can stop the race to the bottom for American students.

Innovate: Education -- The Next Literacy

Mickey McManus | Posted 08.07.2011 | Education
Mickey McManus

2011-06-07-ted.jpgWhat if there were a basic literacy beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic that we missed, or that wasn't necessary until this moment in our history?

There's a Fire on the Mountain

Mickey Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mickey Hart

The rhythm of the conversation for how we should educate our children, which tends to focus on science, technology, engineering, and math, is missing a beat: STEM needs an A, for the Arts.

Engineers, Start Your Right Brains

Godfrey Mungal | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Godfrey Mungal

College students who graduate with engineering degrees have a moral obligation to help the world's poor and under-served with basic needs, like gaining access to clean water, adequate lighting or cooking fuel.

Proposed Budget Cuts Promote an 'American Brain Drain'

Andres De Los Reyes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Andres De Los Reyes

Whatever savings the federal government seeks to make by cutting federal support for innovative science investments will only lead to substantial costs in future years.

From Shy Student to Engaging Engineer

Rozalia Beica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rozalia Beica

If you have the passion and the drive and are willing to work hard, you will find what you like and you will succeed.

Back to School: Time to ReSET

Harold Sharlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harold Sharlin

Recently while sitting in my neighborhood Starbucks I looked up from my reading to find myself looking in the face of a ten-year-old. "I know you" he said. "You did those electrical experiments in my classroom." Ah celebrity.

Reengineering America's Future

Chris Forbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Forbes

For every new Ph.D. in physical sciences, the US graduates 50 new MBA's, and 18 lawyers. So why should we care? Simply put, our jobs and economic security are at stake.

A Test for Our Nation

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Darling-Hammond

Today, the U.S. is the only industrialized nation whose next generation is on pace to be more poorly educated than the last -- a shocking blow to the American Dream. We need a new strategy.