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Archive for March, 2010

19 Mar

That's a drop!

TweetIn a Clevelanad suburb President Obama has astounded the audience while pitching for his health plan: Your employer, it's estimated, would see premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent which means they could give you a raise. I wonder what would have happened had his predecessor made the same claim. How would the press […]

15 Mar

Traditional versus Reform-Math

TweetIn a recent article in the Scientific American Linda Baker wrote Over the past 20 years educators have fought over the best way to teach numbers to kids. Advocates of traditional math tout the practice of algorithms and teacher-centered learning, whereas reform-math proponents focus on underlying concepts and student inquiry. In the face of continued […]

08 Mar

Politics and IQ

TweetThe news are sometimes overwhelming. The latest I read came from National Geographic Daily News. A new research by Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science, suggests "that human evolution may have a big influence on whether you're liberal or conservative—not to mention how smart you are, whether […]

06 Mar

Is It a Myth?

Thinking about math education, I would wager that a major portion of the state and federal officials would not pass a high school proficiency test. The same officials would promote the "math for the 21st century" slogan and high stakes examinations. The sound bites like that, although stale, are hard to argue against. But the establishment that is based on this perversion is at the core of the systemic failure of education. It is much easier and appears more equitable to lump the goals into the "algebra for all" (say) slogans than promote the idea that the purpose of education should be helping every student to develop to the fullest his or her abilities.

05 Mar

About great teachers and teaching

TweetIn the Fall 2009, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given $45 million to six school districts, including Denver, for a two-year study of teaching. I'll quote a response to this news from James D. Starkey, a retired teacher. The purpose of the study is a quest to find out the best teaching practices. […]

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