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Parents vs. Math

Parents vs. Math: Volume 1 – Don’t Let Your Kid Stink at Math Delia comes home from school with a backpack full of homework to tackle. She takes out her writing assignment and completes it furiously. She loves to write. She puts it neatly in her binder then grabs her social studies assignment, studying for […]

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Do Students Need Algebra?

It’s no secret that algebra is the bane of many students’ lives. Failure rates for high schoolers across US states reach as high as 82%, and even among students who elect to take the subject, failure rates of 50% are common. Algebra – along with other advanced math subjects – is frequently listed as one of […]

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Implementation Rules Supreme

It is mid-August.  The smell of freshly waxed floors and newly painted lockers flows throughout the halls of the school.  Your school is ready for teachers and students to arrive. New technology and curriculum purchases have been made, and this year will be the one that everyone embraces.  Teachers will cheer as they enter and […]

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Math As A Second Language

In the US almost 10% of students in the public school system speak English as a learner (ELL).  Although the language of math is theoretically universal, their ability to learn may be twice as challenging thanks to the linguistic barrier. “The challenge of teaching math to ELL students lies not only in making math lessons […]

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Gender Stereotypes in Math Harm Everyone

For as long as the STEM fields have existed, an ugly stereotype has festered: that math, science and associated subjects are the domains of men. It is traditionally accepted that boys naturally outperform girls in these subjects as if the male gender possesses some ingrained biological affinity for these disciplines that the female lacks. The […]

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Getting Girls Into STEM

As you know, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. While the fields represented by the acronym are exciting, the statistics surrounding STEM are pretty depressing for women. In the US, where women comprised 48% of the workforce in 2009, there were only 24% of women working in STEM careers. That’s despite the fact […]

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Five Amazing Female Mathematicians

Having good role models can make a huge difference for women who want to pursue mathematics. So to inspire your daughters and students here are some famous females who excelled in math, through the ages.   1) Hypatia (c.350/370 AD – 415/416) Hypatia may be one of the first female mathematicians. She followed her father […]

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The Women Who Put Men Into Space

On 24th November 2015, President Barack Obama presented Katherine Johnson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Unlike other recipients of the award that year – including Steven Spielberg, James Taylor and Willie Mays – Katherine Johnson was not a household name in America. She was not a movie […]

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Girls Worry More About Math

Leveling out the gender gap in STEM careers has been problematic for some time now, and many researchers are analyzing just why it’s so hard to get a balance of men and women in those fields. A new study has found that perhaps math anxiety is one of the many hurdles, with women affected by the […]