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13 Feb

The myth of declining U.S. schools: another sane voice.

TweetJay Mathews from the Washingtom Post wrote a follow up on a recent report by the Brookings Institution scholar Tom Loveless. Loveless is one of the nation's leading experts on PISA and TIMSS. He has been part of the cohorts of specialists who advise those programs. In his report he says the first international test […]

12 Oct

Can Math Be Fun in the US?

TweetThis is a strange question. If it can be fun anywhere else, so, too, it can be fun in the US. Why not? Can it be fun for every one in the US or elsewhere? I doubt it. It seems to me that blaming the state of math education in the US became a custom, […]

07 Jun

Partial Coincidence

TweetHere is a question: should students be given partial credit for incomplete solutions. I was still reading Andrei Toom's online book to which I referred in the previous post when I was advised on twitter.com that New York City Council is in turmoil over a controversial policy that gives students partial credit for wrong answers […]

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. […]

11 Nov

G.K. Chesterton's Wisdom

TweetJerry Becker who runs a very useful list server occasionally broadcasts collections of sayings to read, enjoy and benefit from. In the latest (SAYINGS XXVIII) the first piece of wisdom was credited to G. K. Chesterton, an English writer of more than 100 years ago. The oxymoronic quote "The thing I hate about an argument […]

05 Jan

Fifth Column

Tweet    Groundhog Day for the Fifth Column of Malice by Melanie Phillips Spectator.co.uk, 12/30/2008   So there is indeed now a war. In Gaza. Actually, there are two wars going on: one involving rockets and warplanes, and the other involving the media, as Barry Rubin notes: Nothing is clearer than Hamas’s strategy. It gives […]

05 Jan

A Question of Proportionality

Tweet  Israel's Response IS Disproportionate December 30, 2008 By Jonathan Mark JewishWorldReview.com   I condemn Israel's disproportionate attack on Hamas because, so far, it has only lasted four days and I would like to see a proportionate response that terrifies Hamas for seven years, the years that have filled Sderot and neighboring towns with nightmares, […]

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