Tag Archives: Education in the Media

I Hate Math

Picture the scene: You are at the neighborhood barbecue, milling around, eating, drinking and making small talk.  Some neighbors you don’t know well start up a conversation and naturally ask what you do for a living, to which you respond, “I am a math teacher.”  One or more of the following responses probably follows:

Obama, the Status Quo, and the Purpose of Education

In last week’s State of The Union Address, President Obama said, “Instead of funding the status quo, we [will] only invest in reform—reform that raises student achievement, inspires students to excel in math and science, and turns around failing schools that steal the future of too many young Americans, from rural communities to inner cities.” Continue Reading ››

Creativity in the Classroom: If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It

I recently joked with my colleagues that, for my next blog post, I was going to do a Google trend search and connect math to whatever the top topic for the day was. However, finding the mathematics behind winter school closings in Minnesota too depressing and yet another alleged affair involving a married politician a … Continue Reading ››

It’s Time for U.S. Students to Man (and Woman) Up!

Although the United States is one of the richest countries in the world, our high school students’ performance in math is woefully lacking. That’s according to the international assessments, including Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), or the Trends in International Mathematics … Continue Reading ››

The Basis for Life on Earth

Schools should use open-source textbooks rather than traditional textbooks. That’s the case David Thornburg makes in a recent blog post on Edutopia. Dr. Thornburg bases his reasoning on last month’s discovery by NASA that a microorganism living in Mono Lake uses arsenic rather than phosphorous to construct its DNA. He is entirely right … Continue Reading ››