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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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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 […]

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Five Ways To Beat Stress At School

Teaching is regularly reported as being one of the most stressful occupations, with just over half of teachers reporting that they are under great stress several days of the week. It’s a growing – and worrying – trend, contributing to rapidly increasing levels of teacher burnout: 40 to 50% of teachers leave within their first five […]

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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 […]