Tag: math standards

Setting the Record Straight on Common Core and Algebra I

Recently parents and education columnists have raised concerns that Common Core State Standards’ call for “general” eighth-grade math classes instead of Algebra I will “restrain” the ambitions of students who want to reach the highest levels of high-school math. The change is “inscrutable,” Jay Mathews wrote in the Washington Post this week. Tom Loveless of...

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Breaking Up with My iPhone Calculator, and other Math Thoughts

I’ll admit it. I have found myself struggling to figure out “math” in everyday life – relying on my cell-phone calculator in the kitchen, grocery store line, you name it. And I’m sure I’m not alone. That may be why so many parents have been baffled by the latest viral math problem: Does 5×3 =...

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U.S. Wins the International Math Olympiad for First Time in 21 Years!

Congratulations to the U.S. math team that won the International Math Olympiad for our country for the first time in 21 years! The math problems students face at the Olympiad “test competitors’ abilities to approach situations creatively, rather than memorized formulas,” Business Insider explains. The ability to move above and beyond simple memorization and understand mathematics at a...

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