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Fire damages Magic Mountain roller coaster

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A fire on the recently closed Colossus ride at Southern California's Six Flags Magic Mountain park has collapsed part of the famous wooden roller coaster, but no injuries are reported.<p>Los Angeles County firefighters got the call around 1:30 p.m. Monday and doused the …

4th Ebola patient to be flown to US for care

The fourth American aid worker sickened with the Ebola virus arrived Tuesday morning to a mostly calm scene at Emory University Hospital, where two others had been successfully treated.<p>An ambulance carrying the patient arrived about 10:25 a.m., with a police escort. Wearing a bulky protective suit …

Wettest Day on Record in Phoenix, Flooding Leaves 2 Dead

Phoenix beat a 75-year mark on Monday and slogged through its wettest day on record — a 3-inch downpour that flooded roads, stranded drivers, closed schools, knocked out power for thousands of people, and left at least two people dead. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer declared a statewide emergency, and …

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5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus

Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math<p>The familiar, hierarchical sequence of math instruction starts with counting, followed by addition and subtraction, then multiplication and division. The …

America's Math Textbooks Are More Rigorous Than South Korea's

But students in the U.S. still have much lower scores than their South Korean counterparts. Why?<p>South Korea has some of the highest math scores in the world. On the 2012 PISA math test, the mean score for a South Korean student was 70 points higher than for an American student. Lots of theories …

Visual Approach Helps Students Learn Math

The importance of improving math education is increasingly urgent. America ranks 25 out of 34 industrialized nations on math tests. Tomorrow’s jobs — more than 8 million by 2018 — will require skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.<p>Cisco supports an organization, MIND …

Amazon Snaps Up Online Math Instruction Company TenMarks To Help It Make Education Apps

Amazon has announced plans to snap up online education company TenMarks. The company offers an online math curriculum currently, and Amazon VP of Kindle Dave Limp says that together, “Amazon and TenMarks intend to develop rich educational content and applications, across multiple platforms, that we …

Education: practical maths in schools is a formula for future success

Students should be allowed to use computers to solve problems in class and in exams, according to one education expert<p>Conrad Wolfram, an entrepreneur and teacher, has a challenge for the British education system. In the UK, he asks, why do we introduce coding in primary schools but ban calculators? …

Math education in the U.S.: What we're doing wrong.

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><b>Answer by Alon Amit, Ph.D. in mathematics, math circler:</b><p>Advertisement<p>This is (obviously, I hope) a complex …

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 …

The case for starting statistics education in kindergarten

The US appears focused on math education, especially when it comes to curing American innumeracy. Yet we are in an age when enormous new data sources are now available in academia, business, and government. Elliot Schrage, vice president of communications at Facebook, argued that our kids should …

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