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  • Mathematically Challenged Core

    12/08/2014 7:06:44 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 25 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 6, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The roster of actual mathematicians taking issue with the math in Common Core grows. “In mathematics, mastery of several calculation skills is delayed by one or two grade levels when compared with the standards recommended by the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (NMAP),” David V. Anderson writes in Replacing Common Core With Proven Standards of Excellence, a study published by the Heartland Institute. “Common Core specifies only three years of high school mathematics, compared to the traditional four years of instruction recommended by NMAP.” Anderson is a retired research physicist and fellow of the American Physical Society who has taught high...
  • Salon Writer Condemns Arithmetic As Racist

    11/07/2014 9:42:41 AM PST · by Lorianne · 48 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 06 October 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    Wendy Davis made herself a progressive champion by running as an outspoken progressive in a really conservative state, with the predictable result that she lost really, really badly. Salon’s Jenny Kutner, a strong Davis supporter, concedes that Davis did, in fact, lose. What Kutner refuses to concede is that Davis lost among women: The Tribune cited CNN exit polls to illustrate the landslide, saying Abbott “beat Davis by lopsided margins with white voters (72-27), men (65-34) and women (52-47). Davis beat Abbott among Latinos (57-42) and African-Americans (93-7).” Last time I checked, though, there were thousands upon thousands of women...
  • Math is forbidding for Democrats in struggle for Senate

    11/04/2014 6:29:15 AM PST · by Biggirl · 57 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 4,2014 | David A. Fahrenthold,Katie Zezima,Paul Kane
    On the last day of the 2014 campaign, Democrats knew they were in trouble.
  • Common Core Rulz

    10/28/2014 8:55:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    On both coasts, grandparents are learning to apply a modern-day rule of thumb with surprising accuracy: If it looks inane, it’s probably Common Core. “The Berkeley school district's curriculum for sixth-grade math was an exact copy of the Common Core State Standards for the grade,” Marina Ratner wrote in The Wall Street Journal on August 5, 2014. “The teacher in my grandson's class went through special Common Core training courses.” “As his assigned homework and tests indicate, when teaching fractions, the teacher required that students draw pictures of everything: of 6 divided by 8, of 4 divided by 2/7, of...
  • Poor scores for Colo. students on science, social studies tests

    10/27/2014 7:37:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    kdvr ^ | October 27, 2014 | Thomas Hendrick
    DENVER — Results for a new standardized test for science and social studies came in on Monday and they likely put frowns on educators and parents. ... Just 17 percent of Colorado fourth- and seventh-graders scored “strong” or “distinguished” on social studies tests. Those are the scores necessary to for students to be considered on track to be ready for college and a career, ... Achievement gaps still persisted between white and students of color. For example, in fourth-grade social studies, 6 percent of Hispanic/Latino students and 7 percent of African-American students have “strong” or “distinguished command” of the subject....
  • Why America Ranks 26th In The Developed World For Math (In 1 Common Core Question)

    10/26/2014 7:57:17 AM PDT · by cutty · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/25/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Among the 34 OECD countries, the US performed below average in mathematics and is ranked 27th ... While the U.S. spends more per student than most countries, this does not translate into better performance (e.g. the Slovak Republic, which spends around $53k per student, performs at the same level as the US, which spends over $115k per student).
  • Math is on life support. Can we save it?

    10/21/2014 11:03:48 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    When is the wrong answer the right answer? Now. Today. Reality alert: we have entered an alternative universe, thanks to Common Core. As people once scorned wrong answers, we will now learn to scorn right answers. Answer-getting (that’s the new jargon) will be held up for contempt, and slowly eliminated. That’s the plan. This is not marginal nonsense. No, it is already mainstream nonsense. Phil Daro is one of the three principal writers of the Common Core Mathematics Standards. A 17-minute video about his ideas is promoted this way: “Phil Daro goes into detail on the problems of ‘Answer-getting,’ one...
  • Fun with math finds that conservative is greater than liberal...

    10/17/2014 11:53:42 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-17-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Let's play a game. (inspired by this post) If: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.  Then (winner in bold)...left: 12+5+6+20 = 43right: 18+9+7+8+20 = 62---Democrat: 4+5+13+15+3+18+1+20 = 79Republican: 18+5+16+21+2+12+9+3+1+14 = 101---Donkey: 4+15+14+11+5+25 = 74Elephant: 5+11+5+16+8+1+14+20 = 80---Obama: 15+2+1+13+1= 32Reagan: 18+5+1+7+1+14= 46---Dems don't have a nickname = 0GOP: 7+15+16 = 38---socialism: 19+15+3+9+1+12+9+19+13 = 100capitalism: 3+1+16+9+20+1+12+9+19+13 = 103---welfare: 23+5+12+6+1+18+5 = 70working: 23+15+18+11+9+14+7 = 97---Obamacare: 15+2+1+13+1+3+1+18+5 = 59status quo: 19+20+1+20+21+19+17+21+15 = 153---liberal: 12+9+2+5+18+1+12 = 59conservative: 3+15+14+19+5+18+22+1+20+9+22+5 = 153---Here's one from...
  • Common Core Question Asks: "There are 25 Sheep and 5 Dogs in a Flock. How Old is the Shepherd?"

    10/17/2014 11:21:49 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 118 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Aurelius
    In an intentional attempt to study and potentially confuse children, children were asked "There are 25 sheep and 5 dogs in a flock. How old is the shepherd?" Why might you ask this supposedly common-core aligned question? According to the teachers who created this problem, it is to teach students that they must: 1. Explain the meaning of a problem. 2. Plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. 3. Continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" This question has actually been researched for years, and is still being asked to children. Today, however, it is...
  • The Horror, the horror (math and grammar in one lesson)

    10/16/2014 9:57:39 AM PDT · by Doctor 2Brains · 26 replies
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    The other day, an English professor (retired) showed me a story in a magazine and corrected an interesting grammatical issue he found there. I at first thought he was crazy, but now I’m pretty sure he’s correct. After all, he’s the prof’. Here it is: When we speak of numbers, certain words always translate to mathematical formulas. “Less” means subtract. “There were ten, now there are three less.” 10-3. Duh. “Times” means multiply. “Of” means multiply. “How many cars were there?” “There were 10 of them.” 10 “OF” cars means 10 X 1.” Or… “I had half OF the six...
  • Common Core Math Problem: How to Subtract 293 from 568 in Just 10 Steps! (With Picture)

    10/06/2014 1:47:52 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 72 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/6/14 | Aurelius
    Imagine a teacher asks you to solve this question: 568-293. Depending on your age you might do one of three things... ...Third, you might use the new common core was to subtract, which is much simpler, with only... 10 steps. First, you would take the 200 out of the 293, and save the 93 for later. Then you would take 568 and subtract 200 from it. Then you'd take the remaining 368 and you would subtract 60 from it, because you are taught that, for some reason, you cannot simply subtract 90 from 368. 368-60 equals 308. Then you subtract...
  • Common Core: Beyond Rote

    10/01/2014 6:36:29 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 53 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 30, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As we’ve noted before, when proponents of the Obama Administration’s Common Core education reforms try to make the case for the program, they often end up giving material to its opponents. Case in point: the Center for American Progress (CAP), in a recently released report on The Cognitive Science Behind the Common Core, attempted to show how much easier Common Core math is than traditional means of mathematical problem-solving: “Elizabeth is at the grocery store buying fruit for the week. She wants to purchase $7.60 worth of apples with a $20.00 bill. How much change should the cashier return to...
  • Common Core’s Revenge

    09/16/2014 7:23:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The Pioneer Institute, a Massachusetts-based think tank, released a new study, “The Revenge of K-12: How Common Core and the New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S.” to help parents, teachers, and policymakers understand the problems with the Common Core State Standards. Authors Robert Phelps and Common Core Validation Committee member R. James Milgram go in-depth on the background of the Common Core standards and the qualifications (or lack thereof) of the writers of the standards. Milgram, an emeritus professor of mathematics at Stanford University, was one of five members of the validation committee who refused to sign onto...
  • Air Show Math

    09/14/2014 8:19:53 PM PDT · by rey · 72 replies
    Vanity | 14 Sept. 2014 | Rey
    I home school a young girl. In years past, we have gone to the local air show and done such things as measure the tops and bottom of wings and rotos and figure the ratio or difference between the area of the top of the wing versus the bottom and estimated which wings had more lift than others. We measure how much area the wheels occupied on the ground and consulted with the crew chief what the tire pressure was and calculated the weight of the plane. In years past we were able to see F18s form a vapor cone...
  • Math Teacher Takes Almost an Entire Minute Explaining How to Add 9 Plus 6 Using Common Core Math

    09/04/2014 2:09:32 PM PDT · by walford · 124 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep. 4, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    A simple addition problem seems to become a little more complicated under Common Core. That is made very clear in a new “Homework Helper” segment that recently aired on WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, New York. In the new educational segments, local teachers attempt to help confused parents better understand their children’s Common Core homework. In the introductory segment, a math teacher takes nearly an entire minute explaining why 9 plus 6 equals 15. “Our young learners might not be all together comfortable thinking about what 9 plus 6 is. They are quite comfortable thinking about their friend 10,” the teacher says...
  • Girls Outscore Boys on State Math Tests

    08/18/2014 2:48:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 127 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | August 18, 2014 | Amy Zimmer
    Girls in New York City outperformed boys on the state's standardized math tests this year, widening the gap between the genders when it comes to math, new statistics show. More than 35 percent of the city's third-through-eighth-grade girls passed the state math test, up from 30 percent last year which was the first year of the harder tests aligned to federal Common Core standards. For boys, 33.4 percent passed this year's test, up from last year's 29.3 percent. It's too soon to know why girls' math scores are rising faster than boys', but some experts wonder if all of the...
  • Why any decent website doesn't know your password. (video)

    08/06/2014 7:24:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    dump.com ^ | 8-6-2014 | Tom Scott
    A brief introduction to password hashing for the uninitiated -- and why you should never trust a site that emails your password back to you!
  • Unintended consequences: More high school math, science linked to more dropouts

    08/04/2014 12:25:17 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 51 replies
    Phys Org ^ | 01 August 2014
    As U.S. high schools beef up math and science requirements for graduation, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found that more rigorous academics drive some students to drop out. The research team reported in the June/July issue of the journal Educational Researcher that policies increasing the number of required high school math and science courses are linked to higher dropout rates. "There's been a movement to make education in the United States compare more favorably to education in the rest of the world, and part of that has involved increasing math and science graduation requirements," explained first author...
  • Common Core Subtraction

    07/02/2014 8:51:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 30, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Big name Republicans giving their full-throated support to the Obama Administration’s Common Core education reforms don’t dwell too much on what they are. They don’t look good in close-up. Common Core State Standards “Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in math were developed to address the criticism that national math curriculums were ‘a mile wide and an inch deep,’” Sarah Perry writes in a Family Research Council (FRC) issue brief. “The drafters sought to develop more focus and coherence through the standards, with the belief that those students who can explain mathematical rules would have a better chance at succeeding in...
  • 19th century math tactic gets a makeover—and yields answers up to 200 times faster

    06/30/2014 10:09:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-30-2014 | Provided by Johns Hopkins University
    A relic from long before the age of supercomputers, the 169-year-old math strategy called the Jacobi iterative method is widely dismissed today as too slow to be useful. But thanks to a curious, numbers-savvy Johns Hopkins engineering student and his professor, it may soon get a new lease on life. With just a few modern-day tweaks, the researchers say they've made the rarely used Jacobi method work up to 200 times faster. The result, they say, could speed up the performance of computer simulations used in aerospace design, shipbuilding, weather and climate modeling, biomechanics and other engineering tasks. Their paper...
  • Math Under Common Core Has Even Parents Stumbling

    06/30/2014 3:31:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 71 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6-29-14 | Motoko Rich
    GREENWELL SPRINGS, La. — Rebekah and Kevin Nelams moved to their modest brick home in this suburb of Baton Rouge seven years ago because it has one of the top-performing public school districts in the state. But starting this fall, Ms. Nelams plans to home-school the couple’s four elementary-age children. The main reason: the methods that are being used for teaching math under the Common Core, a set of academic standards adopted by more than 40 states. Ms. Nelams said she did not recognize the approaches her children, ages 7 to 10, were being asked to use on math work...
  • This Math Question From A Hong Kong Elementary School Test Has Adults Stumped

    06/06/2014 2:13:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 132 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/06/2014 | JULIE ZEVELOFF
    This math question from an admissions test for an elementary school in Hong Kong is going viral in China.According to ChinaSmack, it was the second-most-popular post on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo on June 5, when it was published.The question was part of an admissions test for first-graders. They had 20 seconds to answer. Can you solve it? via ChinaSmack Stumped? Scroll down for the answer.
  • Now There Are Three: Oklahoma, South Carolina Join Indiana in Exiting Common Core

    06/06/2014 8:03:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6-6-14 | Kelsy Harkness
    Common Core is on the chopping block. Oklahoma today became the third state to exit the national education standards and reclaim its decision-making authority in education. The move comes on the heels of South Carolina, which days ago put an end to Common Core—setting precedent for other states to follow. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley quietly signed a bill withdrawing the state from Common Core, but Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, also a Republican, was not shy about stating her reasons for pulling her state from the national standards. “We are capable of developing our own Oklahoma academic standards that will...
  • Finns Beat US With Low Tech Take on School

    05/30/2014 5:23:03 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 18 replies
    politico ^ | 5-27-2014 | Caitlin Emma
    At the start of morning assembly in the state-of-the-art Viikki School here, students’ smartphones disappear. In math class, the teacher shuts off the Smartboard and begins drafting perfect circles on a chalkboard. The students — some of the highest-achieving in the world — cut up graphing paper while solving equations using their clunky plastic calculators. Finnish students and teachers didn’t need laptops and iPads to get to the top of international education rankings, said Krista Kiuru, minister of education and science at the Finnish Parliament. And officials say they aren’t interested in using them to stay there. That’s in stark...
  • A Chinese Mathematician Figured Out How To Beat Anyone At Rock-Paper-Scissors

    05/02/2014 4:09:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/02/2014 | HARRISON JACOBS
    The question of how to win at Rock-Paper-Scissors has, believe it or not, plagued mathematicians and game theorists for quite some time. While they previously had devised a theoretical answer to the question, a new experiment by Zhijian Wang at Zhejiang University in China that used real players, has revealed an interesting wrinkle to the original theory. In the experiment, Zhijian noticed that winning players tended to stick with their winning strategy, while losers tended to switch to the next strategy in the sequence of rock-paper-scissors, following, what he calls, “persistent cyclic flows.” Here's how it works in practice: Player...
  • Common Core's Dirtiest Trick: Dividing Parents and Children

    05/02/2014 2:38:26 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    When you look back at New Math (ca. 1965) and Reform Math (ca. 1990), one of the most striking and persistent features was that parents could not understand the homework which their children brought home. Mystified parents were trying to advise mystified children. The parents, presumably the wise members of the society, were helpless to say anything useful when confronted by the weird complexities of “reform” math, which has now been rolled forward into Common Core. Here is a commonplace horror story that can stand in for millions of others: “When Mike and Camille Chudzinski tried to help their son...
  • Decoding Common Core Math

    04/28/2014 7:31:06 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 72 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 25, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If the Common Core education reforms introduced by President Obama and supported by big-name Republicans were subject to peer review, they might become a “whatever became of?” question. “Take, for example, my first-grade son’s Common Core math lesson in basic subtraction,” David G. Bonagura, Jr., writes in an article which appeared in The Education Reporter. “Six- and seven-year-olds do not yet possess the ability to think abstractly; their mathematics instruction, therefore, must employ concrete methodologies, explanations, and examples.” “But rather than, say, count on a number line or use objects, Common Core’s standards mandate teaching first-graders to ‘decompose’ two-digit numbers...
  • Need help with math problem

    04/15/2014 3:31:11 PM PDT · by ru4liberty · 77 replies
    Don't laugh at us old folk. Our data bases are full, so we can't retain what we don't use like we once could. My friend and I need some help from some of you mathematically inclined FReepers. Problem: Mike's sales goal last year was $90,071. His employer increased it to $124,111 this year. What percentage of increase is this, and how did you arrive at the answer? Thanking y'all in advance. :)
  • Modern day basic math: Why are they making it harder? (Video)

    04/01/2014 10:57:15 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | March 30, 2014 | Mark J. Perry
    Check out this video and feel your head spin like Linda Blair as you watch the teacher go into a very, very complicated and convoluted method (algorithm?) to solve the very, very simple subtraction problem 32 – 12 = 20. Source.
  • This second grader’s revenge against Common Core math will make your day

    03/30/2014 8:59:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 43 replies
    Yahoo/Daily Caller ^ | Mar 30, 2014
    The litany of frighteningly stupid Common Core math worksheets never ends. Perhaps now, though, kids are starting to fight back in satisfyingly creative ways. An alert reader sent The Daily Caller this image of her seven-year-old son’s perfectly reasonable homework answer. The boy attends a public elementary school in San Jose, Calif. He is in the second grade. The math curriculum used by the school is GO Math! The publisher of GO Math! is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The parent who sent the homework question to TheDC noted that the curriculum aligns with the Common Core math standards. “If...
  • [Vanity/Geek Humor and Otherwise] RPN Jokes?

    03/27/2014 6:18:30 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 56 replies
    2014-03-28 Zulu | my $self = undef
    My recent post (my other car is a cdr) brought forth the best of the high-functioning geeks that inhabit this here space. Since the thread veered off (as they always tend to do) into general computer language humor, mostly dealing with Lisp, I got to thinking about RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) and the Hewlett-Packard calculators that were popular in my post-college days working in IT around 1971 or so.Are there other FReepers that still like RPN over infix notation for math? My trusty old H-P has long since departed (wish I still had it) but I've found RpCalc to be...
  • When getting a math problem RIGHT means more than calculating the correct number...

    03/27/2014 1:25:52 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 33 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-27-14 | The Looking Spoon
    We don't need to know anything else about this kid to know they're a good one...
  • College Students Learn Common Core Math (video)

    03/21/2014 11:13:57 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 150 replies
    College students and others at George Mason University were dumbstruck by the tedious nature of an elementary level Common Core problem during a short series of interviews conducted by Campus Reform last week. The problem, 32-12, was demonstrated to those on campus the traditional way and juxtaposed with the Common Core method.
  • State lowers bar on math proficiency test ( Nevada )

    02/27/2014 9:09:23 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    ap ^ | Feb 27, 2014
    Nevada education officials are making it easier for students to pass a math proficiency test that's required for graduation but has proved tough for high schoolers. State board of education officials announced Wednesday that they would implement a pass score of 242 on the 500-point math portion of the high school proficiency exam.
  • ANOTHER impossibly stupid Common Core worksheet sure to make your kid a moron

    02/13/2014 8:05:41 AM PST · by rktman · 82 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/12/2014 | Eric Owens
    Here is the latest in a long line of frighteningly stupid Common Core math worksheets to bubble up courtesy of Twitter, according to Twitchy.
  • Accuplacer

    01/31/2014 8:56:58 PM PST · by deputytess · 13 replies
    Going back to school for a medical assistant course, if I pass the accuplacer math test will I still have to take a regular math course? Thanks.
  • NOT being "allowed" to drop a class?

    01/29/2014 1:39:54 AM PST · by MacMattico · 79 replies
    My daughter has a very bright and sweet friend that is doing horribly in Algebra II/Trigonometry in high school in NY state. She came over today and asked me if I could Tutor her in Math because she knew I had an Education degree used in a past life. I said Math wasn't my specialty, and I wouldn't be of much help. She started to cry and say she was going to fail and even though the class took all her time, she had failed her midterm miserably and had quiz grades in the low 30's! She went in for...
  • Is this Common Core math question the worst math question in human history?

    12/12/2013 8:47:50 PM PST · by Innovative · 126 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Dec 12, 2013 | Eric Owens
    There are also traditional word problems. Twitchy has found a word problem that may be the most egregiously awful math problem the Common Core has produced yet. Take a look: 15. Juanita wants to give bags of stickers to her friends. She wants to give the same number of stickers to each friend. She's not sure if she needs 4 bags or 6 bags of stickers. How many stickers could she buy so there are no stickers left over?
  • Here's The New Ranking Of Top Countries In Reading, Science, And Math

    12/03/2013 6:49:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/03/2013 | JOE WEISENTHAL
    The OECD is out with new global rankings of how students in various countries do in reading, science, and math. Results of the full survey can be found and delved into here.You can see below how Asian countries are obliterating everyone else in these categories.The United States, meanwhile, ranks below the OECD average in every category. And as the WSJ notes, the US has slipped in all of the major categories in recent years:The results from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which are being released on Tuesday, show that teenagers in the U.S. slipped from 25th to 31st...
  • Obama: "Math is Hard" Remind Me Again, How Many Zeroes in a Trillion?

    10/26/2013 9:19:30 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-26-2013 | MOTUS
    Big Guy visited Brooklyn yesterday and told kids at Pathways In Technology Early College High School that (the Republicans) in Congress need to take a remedial math class;12 + 7, uh…okay, no, no - don’t tell me! I’ve got that one here, somewhere. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Now, some of these ideas I’ve laid out before. Some of them I’m just going ahead and doing on my own. Some of them do require Congress to do something. And one way we can start is by Congress passing a budget that reflects our need to invest in our young people. I know the...
  • Dad's Awesome Reaction to Son's Math Score

    10/22/2013 9:56:42 AM PDT · by rawhide · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10-22-13
    When Aria Shahrokhshahi got a much improved grade in math he knew one person would be particularly pleased: his dad, who helped him study. Aria, who is dyslexic, admits that "no one thought I was going to pass, not even my dad. But he stood by me, supported me in anything I wanted to do ." After his teacher told Aria the good news, he knew just what to do to surprise his father: "I played it cool and like I did something wrong." Lucky for us, he set up a secret camera to catch the heart-warming reaction. "My dad...
  • In 23 Advanced Economies: U.S. Adults Rank 21st in Math Skills

    10/18/2013 5:55:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 18, 2013 - 4:31 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on Friday released the initial results of an international survey of adult skills in literacy and mathematics, revealing that Americans rank 21st in “numeracy” and are tied for 15th in literacy among adults in 23 advanced economies. American adults also scored below the average in both numeracy and literacy for all respondents in all 23 advanced economies. Japan and Finland ranked first and second in both categories and Italy and Spain took the bottom two spots in both.
  • US Navy sexual assault reports rise 50%

    09/12/2013 3:50:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | September 11, 2013
    The number of sexual assaults reported to the US Navy rose dramatically over the last year, officials have said. The Navy puts the rise down to sailors' growing comfort reporting incidents of sexual assault and to their belief that authorities will take action. The Navy says about 1,100 assaults were reported in the year ending this month, an increase of 50% from 726 last year.
  • ObamaMath: “Common Core” curriculum to infect Catholic Schools?

    08/20/2013 3:27:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 19, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    ObamaMath is coming!Remember in the 1960′s when the pointy-headed nitwits tried “New Math” on kids? I sure do. It was a total failure so… hey! Let’s try it again!Quick: what’s 3 x 4?If you said 11 — or, hell, if you said 7, pi, or infinity squared — that’s just fine under the Common Core, the new national curriculum that the Obama administration will impose on American public school students this fall.In a pretty amazing YouTube video [below], Amanda August, a curriculum coordinator in a suburb of Chicago called Grayslake, explains that getting the right answer in math just doesn’t...
  • Should Math Really Be A Required Subject?

    08/19/2013 2:32:53 PM PDT · by Borges · 140 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 8/19/2013 | Shaunacy Ferro
    Nicholson Baker hates math. The novelist and nonfiction writer spends almost eight pages of this month's Harper's Magazine making the case that compulsory algebra courses in American education are at best, wrongheaded, and at worst, downright cruel. Baker isn't the first to suggest we turn the much-maligned subject into an academic elective, in order to put those who struggle endlessly with math out of unnecessary misery. Last summer, a New York Times op-ed by Andrew Hacker made much the same point: The myriad road blocks in our educational system that can only be surpassed by proving competent in algebra and...
  • Three American High Schoolers Swept An International Competition By Crushing These Math Problems

    08/14/2013 8:07:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/14/2013 | Walter Hickey
    Three Phillips Exeter Academy students — Alex Song, Ray Y. Li, and Kevin C. Sun — shocked the world when they respectively won the gold, silver and bronze medals in the 54th International Mathematical Olympiad in Santa Marta, Colombia. While the U.S. team placed third overall — Song competed on Team Canada — the trio won the medals for individual performance. The annual competition is a six question, two day, nine hour proof competition with competitors from over 100 countries on 9 continents.
  • Woodland Park parents stand up against national education standards (Common Core: CO)

    08/10/2013 9:11:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | August 8, 2013 | Carol McGraw
    A group of Woodland Park parents and educators want to get rid of the Common Core Academic Standards that are being implemented in Colorado Schools. Teller County Citizens Against Common Core Standards maintains the new academic guidelines aren't as good as the ones in place. It also argues that the system is unconstitutional because it takes local control away from school districts. It may lobby Woodland Park School District RE-2 and the state to drop out. "We want to get the word out. The standards were just a money carrot for the state to get federal money," ... Among other...
  • Who’s setting Wisconsin’s academic standards?

    08/09/2013 7:14:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 8-9-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — Sure, officials with the state Department of Instruction met with higher education stakeholders in crafting programs for college and career readiness as part of Common Core State Standards, but is that spectrum wide enough? Some educators don’t think so. Steffen Lempp, a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert in training elementary and middle-school teachers, told Wisconsin Reporter that nobody came to him for input before signing on to Common Core. “They don’t come to the math department. They go to the school of education,” Lempp said. “They very rarely consult with the math...
  • Plants 'do maths' to control overnight food supplies

    06/26/2013 8:27:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 06/26/2013 | Helen Briggs
    Plants have a built-in capacity to do maths, which helps them regulate food reserves at night, research suggests. UK scientists say they were "amazed" to find an example of such a sophisticated arithmetic calculation in biology. Mathematical models show that the amount of starch consumed overnight is calculated by division in a process involving leaf chemicals, a John Innes Centre team reports in e-Life journal. Birds may use similar methods to preserve fat levels during migration. The scientists studied the plant Arabidopsis, which is regarded as a model plant for experiments. 'Astonished' Overnight, when the plant cannot use energy from...
  • Trouble With Math? Maybe You Should Get Your Brain Zapped

    05/19/2013 5:14:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 16 May 2013 | Emily Underwood
    Enlarge Image Primed for numbers. Random pulses of electrical current can accelerate math learning. Credit: Albert Snowball If you are one of the 20% of healthy adults who struggle with basic arithmetic, simple tasks like splitting the dinner bill can be excruciating. Now, a new study suggests that a gentle, painless electrical current applied to the brain can boost math performance for up to 6 months. Researchers don't fully understand how it works, however, and there could be side effects. The idea of using electrical current to alter brain activity is nothing new—electroshock therapy, which induces seizures for therapeutic...