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A School Built Entirely Around the Love of Math

Roots in Math Circle Culture<p>The new school takes its inspiration from math circles, an Eastern European and Russian tradition that spread to the U.S. …

Here's How To Get Kids Excited About Math. (Yes, It's Possible!)

I'll never forget my first day as a high school teacher in America. My dream was pretty simple: Mold eager minds into future science, technology, engineering and math leaders who will help define the 21st century.<p>My reality was a little different.<p>I walked into the classroom armed with a mathematics …

10 Great Math Apps for Kids

These fun apps will reinforce basic arithmetic concepts and spark a love for learning math.<p>When it comes to teaching your kids math skills, you've done it all: quizzes over breakfast, extra homework help, bedtime stories that sneak in math concepts. If you're looking for new, clever ways to help …

Just because teenagers are good at math doesn’t mean they can manage money

News flash: 15-year-olds aren’t particularly good with money. Some are better than others, though, and kids in Shanghai are the savviest of the lot (relatively speaking).<p>The OECD just published the results of its first-ever financial literacy test, quizzing nearly 30,000 teenagers in 18 countries …

Math and Reading Skills Are Affected by the Same Genes

A point against the idea that there's a good-at-math gene you're lacking—scientists have discovered that many of the genes that influence a child's math ability also impact their skill at reading. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, compared DNA and math and reading test …

The CalQ math app: A game picks up where addition and multiplication tables leave off

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Perhaps it’s the sign of a great gaming app that I just played CalQ in my health club on my iPhone whilst working out on the fitness machines. I specifically …

Why Parents Hate Common Core Math

<i>This</i> <i>post</i> <i>first appeared in</i> Business Insider.<p>The Common Core has come under fire by parents who say the new education standards make math needlessly …

Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities

Many of us tend to align ourselves with either numbers or words. We're either math brains or we're reading brains.<p>In college, my fellow English majors joked about how none of us could long-divide to save our lives, while our friends in engineering groaned about the fact that Lit 101 was a …

How I Finally Got Over My Fear of Math

The classroom smelled like feet. It had no windows and was lit by those awful overhead fluorescents that make everyone over 25 look like an extra from <i>The Walking Dead</i>.<p>Not that this mattered to most of my classmates, who looked barely 18 and were probably wondering what the old lady was doing in …

Why The 'Weird' New Way Of Teaching Math Is So Much Better For Your Kids

In my day job I'm a pure mathematician, specializing in the most abstract parts of number theory and geometry. But I've also been writing here at Slate for more than a decade about the connections between the mathematical world and the things we think about every day. The foreignness of …

Mathematics

Next time someone claims they're 'bad at math,' show them this study

Our lackluster education system is to blame for an entire generation of talented Americans who think they suck at math. Now, a new study proves that people who are good at reading are also quite naturally talented at math.<p>Using a unique dataset comparing the learning prowess of identical and …

These Brands Want Girls to Care About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

The latest trend of empowerment marketing has inundated us with positive messages for women. But some brands aren't letting their message end with a …

Why doing math in multiple ways helps kids

You buy 3 bags of apples with 24 apples in each bag. The total cost of the 3 bags is $12.24. You sell the apples for $0.75 each. How much money do you gain per apple?<p>One way of going about solving this problem would be to multiply 24 (apples) by 3 (bags) to get 72 apples, divide $12.24 by 72 to get …

The Origins of Math Anxiety

Fear of addition, subtraction, and the numerical world starts young—especially for girls.<p>Fear of math is a real thing. I thought I was the only neurotic freak who struggled with fractions in third grade, avoided taking calculus in high school, and dropped out of physics for non-science majors in …

5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math

Believe it or not, math is changing. Or at least the way we use math in the context of our daily lives is changing. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century.<p>Don’t take my word for it. I am not a math professor. I almost …

Math and Music: An Inseparable Learning Duo

Math learning has never had a reputation for being glamorous. Next to subjects like reading, history and even science, math can come off as dry and less interesting.<p>As a former public school teacher, I've always believed that the disinterest that American students have when it comes to math …

Explore The Hidden Math Behind Your Favorite Pixar Movies

The TEDEd talk from Pixar Senior Research Scientist Tony Derose explores how math made 'Monsters, Inc.'<p>This one goes out to all the creatives who couldn't cut the math muster in Middle School. Somewhere around 8th grade, my understanding of the practical uses of the numbers and symbols I was …

This Might Be The Reason A Lot Of Americans Are Still Bad At Math

Teachers are now told to focus on comprehension and theory rather than rote learning and memorizing formulas.<p>Critical thinking is a major goal of the Common Core, which was created in 2009 to even the playing field by giving every state a universal set of standards to measure learning. It's an …

Teaching

Could the Same Genes Shape Math Skills As Reading Ability?

The research also showed that genes can't explain everything about our abilities, Plomin says. "These genetic propensities are like little nudges," …

Controversial study suggests some math skills are hard-wired

Parents whose children are struggling with math often view intense tutoring as the best way to help them master crucial skills, but a new study released on Monday suggests that for some kids even that is a lost cause.<p>According to the research, the size of one key brain structure and the connections …

Love and Math: Equations as an Equalizer for Humanity

French polymath Henri Poincaré saw in mathematics a metaphor for how creativity works, while autistic savant Daniel Tammet believes that math expands our circle of empathy. So how can a field so diverse in its benefits and so rich in human value remain alienating to so many people who subscribe to …

This Ridiculously Complicated Math Lesson Will Leave You Questioning Everything

Someone posted this video to Reddit with the title "Math made easy." While we hate to quibble with our Reddit brethren, on this one point, we must respectfully disagree times a thousand.<p>Perhaps imagining boxing gloves opening a book that vomits millions of bright orange flowers somehow makes young …

Confusing Math Homework? Don’t Blame the Common Core

States, districts, and schools are actually in charge.<p>“I hate the Common Core,” the mother of two complained when I told her I write about education.<p>“What, specifically, do you hate?” I asked.<p>“The math. It makes no sense! I can’t help my kid with his homework and I don’t understand the new methods …

The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'

Basic ability in the subject isn't the product of good genes, but hard work.<p>“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, …

If Math Is Universal, Why Can’t It Answer a Stupid Facebook Problem?

Perhaps you’ve seen the problem on Facebook or another forum:<p>6 ÷ 2(1+2) = ?<p>It’s one of several similar math problems popping up on social networks …

A New Kind of Problem: The Common Core Math Standards

<i>A set of guidelines adopted by 45 states this year may turn children into "little mathematicians" who don't know how to do actual math.</i><p>zhu difeng/shutterstock<p>A few weeks ago, I wrote an article for TheAtlantic.com describing some of the problems with how math is currently being taught. …