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All Work, No Recess

At the moment, if I told any five or six-year-old with whom I am acquainted that they could have extra playtime I have no doubt that they would get themselves to the nearest XBOX and “play” until their corneas morphed into right angles. So I have never examined “play” too closely as an activity and […]

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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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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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We Learn From What We Eat

I guess I might be a better eater than I am a student, and if your child bears any resemblance to me, then I can offer you some empathy. I can also offer you some advice: try to use food to aid learning, because not only can you bribe your children with chocolate, you can […]

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How To Prevent Summer Brain Drain

There are few things more satisfying than hearing the bell ring on the last day of school for the year, with the knowledge that summer vacation is stretched out before you. I remember those months seemed open-ended with possibility, although now as a parent to a toddler they are a looming source of stress. Whether […]

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Urban Planners Need Math

Does your child love playing Simcity? Do they think they could design your community’s facilities a lot better? Do they have an obsession with maps and transport? They could be interested in a career in urban planning and guess what? Urban planners need math. People who are drawn to urban planning tend to have a […]

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How To Talk To Kids About Math

There are many well-researched ways to reduce math anxiety. But perhaps one of the best places to start is with prevention. If you want to get your children hooked on math, and unafraid of numbers than the best thing to do is talk to them about the subject as much as possible. So here is […]

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The Pros and Cons of Longer School Years

Hillary Clinton’s recent declaration of support for longer school years in disadvantaged communities has been met with a mixed response. In many ways it’s a tough position to take, risking the alienation of voters who might see the change as harmful or cruel to children. But there’s far more to it than a Grinch-like plot […]

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Roller Coaster Designers Need Math

Does your child love a theme park and hate a classroom? Do they leave a math test forgetting the issues they had with the assessment but get off an amusement-park ride and discuss the experience in detail? Do they have a wishlist of rollercoasters that they would love to visit? Do they have a dream […]