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What future do you want for your child?

I am writing this on the 4th of July, the official birthday of the United States. This country was founded on ideals such as: “… the inalienable rights of ….’ Math understanding is a necessary tool in order to achieve these inalienable rights. The years our children...

Math educators fiddle while american students burn

The week of April 28, 2016, the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data on American 12th graders showed that they lost ground over the last two years, with the lowest performers having the biggest declines. The week before, the annual...

Ask your child this question: 4 – 5 = ?

To be successful in algebra, your child absolutely must be able to answer this question correctly. However, in some high schools, fewer than half of students can get the correct answer. The most popular wrong answer by far is 4 – 5 = 1. There is no way those students...

Even gifted students benefit from true understanding of math

Does this classroom seem familiar to you? The teacher stands in front of the class. She explains a method for solving a particular type of problem, and does a few examples. Some of the students eagerly answer her questions about the next step. When it comes time to...