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Timed Tests and the Development of Math Anxiety

by Jo Boaler. Article in Education Week. Mathematics education is in crisis: A third of all schoolchildren end up in remedial math courses, and the level of interest in the subject is at an all-time low. This is a result, in part, of schools in the United States heading down a fast-moving track in which […]

For Most U.S. High Schoolers, STEM Knowledge Is Only Skin Deep

By Kelsey Sheehy  June 20, 2012 American teens are adept at conducting scientific experiments, but only if they don’t stray beyond the basics, according to assessment results released Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics. Seventy-five percent of high school seniors successfully completed straightforward experiments as part of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational […]

A Mathematician’s Lament

A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart [pdf] A musician wakes from a terrible nightmare.  In his dream he finds himself in a society where Amusic education has been made mandatory.  “We are helping our students become more competitive in an increasingly sound-filled world.”  Educators, school systems, and the state are put in charge of this […]

Should Calculators Be Allowed In The Classroom?

By Ray Holt, Graduate Student, University of Mississippi, September 19, 2012 The use of student calculators in the classroom has been a very controversial topic over the last several years. Calculators are in use in classrooms from elementary schools to universities. The controversy stems from the use of the calculator as the solution to a […]

Benny’s Math

BENNY’S CONCEPTION OF RULES AND ANSWERS IN LPI MATHEMATICS’ [pdf] S. H. Erlwanger, Department of Secondary and Continuing Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Campus My Response to the above article. The Magic of Mathematics. When I was in high school I was given a book by this name. It was full of very interesting examples of applying […]