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Math Education

To Pluto and Beyond

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.16.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

We are a hugely wealthy country, and we can afford to go to Pluto and to educate our children to a much higher standard than we do. In fact, the way we became a hugely wealthy country, and the only way we can maintain our wealth into the future, is by investing in education, science, technology and invention.

Real Education Is the Apple, Not the (Common) Core

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

If you hope your child might be a great scientist, let her loose in the woods for hours every day. The greatest irony of the current, uniform approach to education is that it deprives children of the very experiences that are conveyed in the symbolic notations they are supposed to care about!

Why We Should Worry Less About The "Achievement Gap"

Brandon Smith | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Brandon Smith

Our intentions are good, but we're focusing on the wrong thing, and it's hurting students. If students can flip and multiply, they can pass the test -- the standard sign of academic achievement. Our worry over the achievement gap puts students into narrow contexts of thought full of vast, isolated content and speedy tricks. Unlike the cereal, tricks aren't for kids.

Math is a Tool to Understand Our World - It Should be Working for All Students

Matt Kramer | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Matt Kramer

In the last national math assessments, just 20 percent of eighth-graders from low-income families were proficient in math appropriate for their grade level.

Cédric Villani, 'The Lady Gaga of Mathematics,' Wants To Bring The Joy Of His Discipline to Everyone

HuffPost France | Geoffroy Clavel | Posted 05.08.2015 | World

You'll typically see him with his long, flowing hair spilling loose, wearing a frilled shirt, spider brooch and a silk necktie that wouldn't look out ...

The Major Divide: Humanities vs. STEM Majors

Elaina Provencio | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Elaina Provencio

"Oh the humanity!" The popularity of Humanities majors is declining. Recent studies have found that the percentage of students earning degrees in this field is lower than it has been in previous years. What is to blame?

How I Transformed Math From Misery To Magic

Vanessa Thompson | Posted 02.15.2015 | Teen
Vanessa Thompson

If stories are a part of who we are as humans, then why not teach math as a heroic journey in which the characters are numbers and the problems are compelling stories? Why not slay the dragon of Pi and live happily ever after in the faraway land of Algebra?

Learning to Count, Counting on Learning

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

What does it mean for your child to "count with understanding"? It means that he or she knows that the word one refers to a single object of any kind, the word two refers to two objects and so on. Here's where you come in, as parents and caregivers.

Let's Get Real About Math Word Problems

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Dr. Keith Devlin

OK, here is a math word problem for you: How many different ways can you arrange five keys on a circular ring?

Could You Park Safely on the World's Steepest Street?

Steven Strogatz | Posted 10.22.2014 | Science
Steven Strogatz

The other day I had to park my car on Buffalo Street, which runs down one of Ithaca's most treacherous hills. It got me wondering: Could a street be so steep that it'd be impossible to park on it?

Math and Music: An Inseparable Learning Duo

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Math learning has never had a reputation for being glamorous. Next to subjects like reading, history and even science, math can come off as dry and less interesting.

The American Way: STEM Education

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 08.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Jose Antonio Tijerino

Americans love a challenge of any kind, and we believe we have a puncher's chance at winning. That's the American way. That was the mindset of a group of undocumented Mexican students from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Social Math: Why Learning Math Involves More Than Writing Numbers

Robert Sun | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Robert Sun

Our education system seeks fluency in the language of math, yet it does not encourage students to use it in a social way, producing many who are anxious about math.

A Teacher's Words to Louis C.K.

TNTP | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
TNTP

I'm not out to criticize Louis C.K. or to throw fuel on the firefights over Common Core. But from the perspective of this particular third grade teacher, I respectfully disagree with him. Let me tell you why.

Bemused by a Math Muse

Len Filppu | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Len Filppu

I do not hate math. I respect math. I did well in math. But because I've not used many math skills beyond the basics in my adult life, I've often questioned our education system's obsession with math and its dominance in our classrooms.

WATCH: Child Prodigies School You On Pi

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.14.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Fresh off his lecture at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, 10-year-old college student Tanishq Abraham stopped by HuffPost Live to talk all things pi, a...

The Missed Opportunity in STEM Education

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Most adults seem to have an instinctive aversion to mathematics. Yes I know the excuses: Bad genes, no natural aptitude, it's boring. But when federal agencies suppress their mathematical competencies in order to support STEM education you have to start worrying!

Educator Evaluation with Teacher Teams is a Powerful Combination

Teach Plus | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Erin Dukeshire When my school—the Orchard Gardens K-8 in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston—piloted the new Educator Evaluation sys...

Why Mathematics Is Beautiful and Why It Matters

David H. Bailey | Posted 04.20.2014 | Science
David H. Bailey

Scientists through the ages have noted, often with some astonishment, not only the remarkable success of mathematics in describing the natural world, but also the fact that the best mathematical formulations are usually those that are the most beautiful.

The Power of Skype to Inspire a New Generation of STEM

Heather Heenehan | Posted 03.11.2014 | Science
Heather Heenehan

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to use and explore Skype in the Classroom and to witness its incredible power to inspire students throughout the disciplines.

Oh Dear! My Dear... A Call to Mentor Girls in STEM

Julie Kantor | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Julie Kantor

Are we, as women, not reaching out to the next generation enough to mentor girls in their career pathways? Do we need to find an army of STEM tutors if our schools are being left behind in math and science by so many other countries?

A Math Teacher Walks Out

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
T. Elijah Hawkes

How directly connected are they to life outside the school? Is the instruction in our math classrooms -- in every classroom -- useful and meaningful to students? Is our school curriculum relevant to society?

A Tale of Two Teachers

Paula Golden | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics
Paula Golden

For many middle school children who study mathematics at an age when they first look to adults outside those in their immediate family to define themselves, a teacher's thumb's up or down can shape their destiny.

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?

If Massachusetts was a Country

Alan Singer | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

It appears that in Massachusetts, educational reform does not mean vouchers for private schools, closing poorly performing schools, eliminating tenure for teachers, merit pay, and replacing public schools with privately operated charters.