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  • Backfire: How a Stupendously Ignorant Tweet From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    12/03/2018 12:55:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 91 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2018 | Guy Benson
    Before we delve into her new "argument," I'd like to make a point about why the conservative commentariat sometimes seems fixated on Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  First, she entered the national spotlight as a media fascination and darling -- a young woman of color who shook up the Democratic Party from the left by defeating an establishment fixture.  She wasn't randomly plucked from relative obscurity by right-wing writers or pundits for sport; she was elevated by a mainstream media that loves covering, and sympathizes with, rising liberal stars.  And please recall the DNC Chairman referring to her as "the future of...
  • Math Question for Math Genius Freepers :)

    11/02/2018 11:36:33 AM PDT · by beergarden · 62 replies
    just me dudes | 11/02/2018 | beergarden
    Hi. Time for a non-political break from the usual anti-lib articles which we all love here. I have a math question for my genius Freepers because I know conservatives are smarter than idiot liberals so the question is " how many stupid liberals does it take to screw a light bulb? ANSWER: None, they think the light bulb will lead to climate change (drum beat) OK, that's not it (j/k) but here it is: I have a relative (self-made/taught/ no HS diploma but makes more than I do) who sells on an online platform like Ebay. She will sell fabrics...
  • An Anonymous Online Anime Fan Solved A Problem That's Been Eluding Mathematicians For Decades

    10/30/2018 6:55:18 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 36 replies
    IFL Science ^ | 10/25/2018 | staff
    You may not have heard of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but, among anime fans at least, its a pretty big deal. Originally a series of light novels, it follows the adventures of typical high schooler Kyon and the time-travel alien ESP club he is forced to help create by his beautiful if eccentric friend, the titular Haruhi. Since its original run in 2003, it has spawned 10 additional volumes, a film adaptation, several video games, and even its own religion, Haruhiism. It was first adapted into an anime back in 2006. The show only lasted three months but there...
  • This brain-teasing math puzzle is missing a number can you solve it?

    10/04/2018 4:25:21 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 87 replies
    Insider ^ | Oct 3, 2018 | Talia Lakritz
    Puzzles9 shared a brain teaser with three pentagons, each with a set of five numbers. The middle pentagon is missing a number. To fill in the missing number, you must figure out the relationship between the numbers in the pentagons and continue the sequence.
  • Skepticism surrounds renowned mathematicians attempted proof of 160-year-old hypothesis

    09/24/2018 4:22:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    sciencemag.org ^ | Sep. 24, 2018 , 5:15 PM | Frankie Schembri
    What he showed in the presentation is very unlikely to be anything like a proof of the Riemann hypothesis as we know it, says Jrgen Veisdal, an economist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim who has previously studied the Riemann hypothesis. It is simply too vague and unspecific. Veisdal added that he would need to examine the written proof more closely to make a definitive judgement. The Riemann hypothesis, one of the last great unsolved problems in math, was first proposed in 1859 by German mathematician Bernhard Riemann. It is a supposition about prime numbers, such...
  • Teachers getting another chance to pass a math test (NC)

    08/10/2018 10:54:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 107 replies
    WBTV ^ | 8/08/18 | Dedrick Russell
    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Some North Carolina elementary school teachers were initially told they would lose their jobs if they didn't pass a Math test they call difficult and unfair. Teachers say they recently got a call from their school district informing them they have another year to pass the test. Hundreds of teachers have failed the test repeatedly. Teachers argue what's on the test has nothing to do with what they teach in a classroom for students in Kindergarten to 5th grade. "Never in a million years would we even come close to teaching some of the topics on...
  • Scoring 30% on a test is enough to graduate high school in NYC

    06/23/2018 6:14:05 AM PDT · by DFG · 65 replies
    NY Post ^ | 06/22/2018 | Selim Algar
    The bar keeps dropping on state math exams and critics are saying its because officials are desperate for high graduation rates. Kids only need to score a measly 30 percent on this months Algebra 1 Regents test to pass, according to new state guidelines. Students who manage just 26 out of 86 total points will get a heavily weighted score of 65 the minimum required for passage. Thats the lowest standard since the state introduced the test four years ago.
  • Why parents struggle with Common Core math: The diagrams are absolutely insane.

    06/17/2018 6:25:25 PM PDT · by BobL · 124 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 17, 2018 | Karen D'Souza
    (snip) Eight years after California adopted new standards designed to boost students critical thinking and analytical skills, its become clear that a critical group was left behind in the push to implement Common Core: parents. The good old days of memorizing math formulas or multiplication tables are gone. Instead, Common Core math requires students to show how they reason their way to the right answer. As a result, many parents say homework is far more complicated than it used to be. For example, the right answer to 35 isnt just 15 anymore, as one popular social media post noted. Its...
  • Where Boys Outperform Girls in Math: Rich, White and Suburban Districts

    06/13/2018 6:24:41 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 13, 2018 | CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and KEVIN QUEALY
    In much of the country, the stereotype that boys do better than girls at math isnt true on average, they perform about the same, at least through eighth grade. But theres a notable exception. In school districts that are mostly rich, white and suburban, boys are much more likely to outperform girls in math, according to a new study from Stanford researchers, one of the most comprehensive looks at the gender gap in test scores at the school district level. The research, based on 260 million standardized test scores for third through eighth graders in nearly every district in...
  • New Data Show California Kids Math Achievement Took A Nosedive After Common Core

    05/16/2018 5:44:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies
    The Federalist ^ | MAY 16, 2018 | Joy Pullmann
    By 2014, California was the top state in eighth-grade algebra enrollment. Common Core erased all those gains almost immediately ... Before Common Core came along, California parents, faculty, and officials spent years developing some of the best-ranked K-12 math requirements in the nation. One result of their careful work was more than tripling the number of eighth graders who ranked proficient in math, and quadrupling the number of eighth graders taking algebra. By 2014, California was the top state in the nation in eighth-grade algebra enrollment. That was the year Common Core went into place. It erased all those gains...
  • Board votes to fire local teacher over comment during state test

    05/16/2018 4:43:17 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 42 replies
    KWTX.com ^ | 5/14/2018 | Rissa Shaw
    MARLIN, Texas (KWTX) The Marlin ISDs Board of Managers voted 3-0 Tuesday evening to terminate the contract of Marlin High School teacher Claude Kelley, who was placed on administrative leave for alleged comments he made during state testing. Superintendent Michael Seabolt said it was reported that right before an Algebra I course exam last week, Kelley said in front of teachers and students, that there were only a couple smart enough to pass it, anyway. You can think bad things about my kids, but I better never hear it, Seabolt said. I took it pretty seriously. Following the results of...
  • 65% Of Public School 8th Graders Not Proficient In Reading; 67% Not Proficient In Math

    05/02/2018 5:55:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 80 replies
    CNS News ^ | 05/01/18 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Sixty-five percent of the eighth graders in American public schools in 2017 were not proficient in reading and 67 percent were not proficient in mathematics, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress test results released by the U.S. Department of Education. The results are far worse for students enrolled in some urban districts. Among the 27 large urban districts for which the Department of Education published 2017 NAEP test scores, the Detroit public schools had the lowest percentage of students who scored proficient or better in math and the lowest percentage who scored proficient or better in reading. Only...
  • Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss' 241st Birthday Honored With a Google Doodle. [tr]

    04/30/2018 5:08:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Time ^ | April 30, 2018 | Laignee Barron
    A German mathematician, physicist and astronomer, Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss rose from humble origins to become one of the worlds greatest minds. Born in 1777 in Brunswick, then part of the Holy Roman Empire, Gauss was the only child of poor parents who had received little or no formal education. His mother was illiterate. But when Gauss started school at age seven, he was quickly recognized as a child prodigy who could solve complex math problems in his head. While still a teenager, Gauss became the first person to prove the Law of Quadratic Reciprocity, a math theory to determine...
  • Amateur mathematician partially solves 60-year-old problem (Aubrey de Grey!)

    04/27/2018 10:49:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 4/24/18 | Bob Yirka
    Professional biologist and amateur mathematician Aubrey de Grey has partially solved the Hadwiger-Nelson problem, which has vexed mathematicians since 1950. He has published a paper describing the solution on the arXiv preprint server. The Hadwiger-Nelson problem came about when Edward Nelson and Hugo Hadwiger wondered about the smallest number of colors necessary to color all of the points on a graph, with no two connected points using the same color. Over the years, mathematicians have attacked the problem, and have narrowed the possibilities down to four, five, six or seven. Now, de Grey has eliminated the possibility of four colors...
  • Baltimore students score near bottom in reading, math on key national assessment

    04/10/2018 8:16:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4/10/2018 | Liz Bowie
    Baltimore City students scored near the bottom in reading and math compared to children in other cities and large urban areas on an important national assessment given in 2017. In fourth- and eighth-grade reading, only 13 percent of city students are considered proficient or advanced. In fourth-grade math, 14 percent were proficient and in eighth-grade math 11 percent met the mark, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a federally mandated test from the U.S. Department of Education... That put the Baltimore ahead of only Detroit and Cleveland, and sometimes ahead of Milwaukee and Fresno, Calif. areas of...
  • Auburn High School Proudly Adopts Africentric Math To Draw Black Students Into STEM Fields

    04/02/2018 2:02:01 PM PDT · by ethom · 162 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | Apr 2 2018 | Gabrielle Okun
    A Canadian high school switched to Africentric Math to attract black students to go into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math(STEM) fields, according to Canadian Broadcastings(CBC) Wednesday report. Nova Scotias Auburn Drive High School math teachers are skipping their previous eurocentric approach to teaching mathematics so black students will gain more interest in the subject, the CBC reported. Teachers are adopting an Afrocentric lens to teach mathematics, based on incorporating African history and culture to make math classes resonate with their students. Auburn High School is working with the Imphops Legacy Academy, a program encouraging black students to get interested in...
  • Even After 22 Trillion Digits, Were Still No Closer To The End Of Pi

    03/15/2018 2:50:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | March 14, 2018 | Oliver Roeder
    Depending on your philosophical views on time and calendars and so on, today is something like the 4.5 billionth Pi Day that Earth has witnessed. But that long history is nothing compared to the infinity of pi itself. A refresher for those of you who have forgotten your seventh-grade math lessons1: Pi, or the Greek letter π , is a mathematical constant equal to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — C/d. It lurks in every circle, and equals approximately 3.14. (Hence Pi Day, which takes place on March 14, aka 3/14.) But the simplicity of its...
  • The STEM Glut

    03/08/2018 9:17:43 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 89 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 7, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline
    An increasing number of insiders say, contrary to the multitude of studies and seminars we've slogged through, that there is not a shortage of Science Technology and Engineering Majors (STEM) but a glut. "It turns out that new PhDs in science have a hard time getting a job like their mentor's: tenured faculty in a research university," John Staddon a Professor of Psychology and Professor of Biology, Emeritus, at Duke University writes in an essay distributed by the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. "Fifty years ago, in my own area of experimental psychology, things were very different." "Postgraduates,...
  • High School Students Claim Square Root Symbol Looks Like A Gun

    02/23/2018 4:34:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | February 23, 2018
    A high school student in Louisiana was investigated and his home was searched after he allegedly made comments interpreted as possible terrorist threats that compared the square root math symbol to a gun. According to local news station KATC, an investigation Tuesday by the Allen Parish Sheriffs Office revealed the incident began when a Oberlin High School student drew the square root symbol while completing a math problem in class. Another student then made a comment on the similarity of the mathematical sign to a gun, sparking opinions and comments from multiple students. Authorities then say the student being investigated...
  • High School Math Teacher Trapped in Love Isosceles

    02/17/2018 4:06:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    CBC ^ | Sophie Kohn
    Steve Kenilworth sighs as he flops down on the couch in the staff room at Rick Astley High School, his Grade 8 math classes finally done for the day. "I'm grateful to have such a full workload this semester because it really keeps my mind offmymy situation," he shares in a sternly hushed tone as both of his eyes scan the room. Kenilworth explains that several months ago, much to his shock, biology teacher Samantha Young confessed that she has romantic feelings for him. Meanwhile, however, Kenilworth has been helplessly in love with English teacher Dana Freeman for a number...