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Top Tips For New Teachers

The new school year has arrived. For some, that means a return to familiar faces, routines and resources, for new teachers it can be a nerve-wracking plunge into unknown territory. Find your footing as a budding educator with a few simple guidelines. Establish Clear Rules Set yourself some homework. Put together a clear, comprehensive list […]

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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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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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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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Three Women Who Invented Modern Math

  Throughout history the study and discussion of math has often been barred to female scholars. German mathematician Emmy Noether, for example – sometimes described as the “most important woman in the history of mathematics” – worked at the Mathematical Institute of Erlangen without pay for seven years, as women were not allowed to hold […]

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The Push for Philosophy in Elementary Schools

The history of Western education is deeply rooted in philosophy. The very first academy in Ancient Greece was Plato’s school of philosophy, the first in a long line of educational institutions stretching through Antiquity and the Middle Ages right up to modern schools and universities. The original academies were completely devoted to higher learning, and […]