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Headlines from a Mathematically Literate World [more inside]

posted by Blasdelb on Dec 4, 2013 - 32 comments

posted by Blasdelb on Dec 4, 2013 - 32 comments

The Washington Post reports on a ridiculous mathematics test for first graders administered under New York's Common Core standards initiative. [Common Core previously.]

posted by Westringia F. on Nov 1, 2013 - 197 comments

posted by Westringia F. on Nov 1, 2013 - 197 comments

Henry Reich of Minute Physics shares his favorite science blogs, video channels, and other resources on the web. (Minute Physics previously) [more inside]

posted by ocherdraco on Feb 8, 2013 - 5 comments

posted by ocherdraco on Feb 8, 2013 - 5 comments

Last night was the grand opening of the Museum of Mathematics in New York City, the only museum of its kind in North America. The video is narrated by MoMath's chief of content, mathematical sculptor George Hart (better known in some circles as Vi Hart's dad.) The sculpture of the space of three-note chords in the video is based on the work of Dmitri Tymoczko, and the lovely curved hammock of strings a visitor is sitting in at the end is a ruled quadric surface. Many more videos at the Museum of Mathematics YouTube channel. Coverage from the New Scientist. (Previously on MetaFilter.)

posted by escabeche on Dec 13, 2012 - 24 comments

posted by escabeche on Dec 13, 2012 - 24 comments

"Milgram and Bishop are opposed to reforms of mathematics teaching and support the continuation of a model in which students learn mathematics without engaging in realistic problems or discussing mathematical methods. They are, of course, entitled to this opinion, and there has been an ongoing, spirited academic debate about mathematics learning for a number of years. But Milgram and Bishop have gone beyond the bounds of reasoned discourse in a campaign to systematically suppress empirical evidence that contradicts their stance. Academic disagreement is an inevitable consequence of academic freedom, and I welcome it. However, responsible disagreement and academic bullying are not the same thing. Milgram and Bishop have engaged in a range of tactics to discredit me and damage my work which I have now decided to make public." Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford, accuses two mathematicians, one her colleague of Stanford, of unethical attempts to discredit her research, which supports "active engagement" with mathematics (aka "reform math") over the more traditional "practicing procedures" approach. [more inside]

posted by escabeche on Oct 18, 2012 - 119 comments

posted by escabeche on Oct 18, 2012 - 119 comments

Learning and Unlearning Math explores topic in mathematics from the perspective of a teacher. The author has developed series of articles on such varied topics as Multiplication, Quantity,
Central Tendency, Math in Comics, and things not taught in schools. More recently, the blog has focused on the conventions for Mathematical Notation.

posted by borges on Jun 7, 2012 - 20 comments

posted by borges on Jun 7, 2012 - 20 comments

In February 2011, every teacher in Providence, Rhode Island was pink slipped. Not all 1,926 of them got fired, of course, but with the district facing a $40 million deficit, anything is possible. The district says it needs flexibility, just in case. Every school district in the United States faces its own version of what’s happening in Providence. However, “IMAGINATION: Creating the Future of Education and Work” is focused not on how we got here but rather how we can move forward from here immediately even as the education system continues to struggle. [more inside]

posted by netbros on Sep 15, 2011 - 49 comments

posted by netbros on Sep 15, 2011 - 49 comments

144 sites for online education. Categories include science and health, business and money, history and culture, law, computer science, mathematics, and languages. [more inside]

posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Jul 18, 2011 - 19 comments

posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Jul 18, 2011 - 19 comments

"Value-added modeling is promoted because it has the right pedigree -- because it is based on "sophisticated mathematics." As a consequence, mathematics that ought to be used to illuminate ends up being used to intimidate." John Ewing, president of Math for America and former executive director of the American Mathematical Society, criticizes the "value-added modeling" approach used as a proxy for teacher quality, most famously in a Los Angeles Times story that called out low-scoring teachers by name. A Brookings Institution paper says value-added modeling is flawed but the best measure we have of teacher value, arguing that the metric's wide fluctuations from year to year are no worse than those of batting averages in baseball. (Though the weakness of that correlation is mostly a BABIP issue.) Can we assign a numerical value to teacher quality? If so, how?

posted by escabeche on Apr 27, 2011 - 62 comments

posted by escabeche on Apr 27, 2011 - 62 comments

Dan Meyer is a high school math teacher with a clever idea: make math about the real world. On his blog, he writes about classroom management, the real skills of teaching, labels, information design, and assessment.

posted by l33tpolicywonk on May 14, 2010 - 30 comments

posted by l33tpolicywonk on May 14, 2010 - 30 comments

Mathematics Illuminated is a set of thirteen surveys in varied topics in mathematics, nicely produced with video, text, and interactive Flash gadgets for each of the topics.

posted by Wolfdog on Apr 14, 2010 - 8 comments

posted by Wolfdog on Apr 14, 2010 - 8 comments

posted by albrecht on Jan 28, 2010 - 56 comments

World of Science contains budding encyclopedias of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics. This resource has been assembled over more than a decade by internet encyclopedist Eric Weisstein with assistance from the internet community. MeFi visited Weisstein's Mathworld a couple years ago.

posted by netbros on Feb 18, 2009 - 6 comments

posted by netbros on Feb 18, 2009 - 6 comments

On Truth and Reality. Despite several thousand years of failure to correctly understand physical reality (hence the current postmodern view that this is impossible) it is actually very simple to work out how matter exists and moves about in Space. The rules of Science (Occam's Razor / Simplicity) and Metaphysics (Dynamic Unity of Reality) require that reality be described from only one single source existing, as Leibniz wrote: *"because of the interconnection of all things with one another."* [more inside]

posted by netbros on Jan 30, 2009 - 46 comments

posted by netbros on Jan 30, 2009 - 46 comments

Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth. How children learn (or: don't learn) math today. [more inside]

posted by davar on Sep 6, 2008 - 130 comments

posted by davar on Sep 6, 2008 - 130 comments

Fun and games with mathematics and mathematical puzzles (e.g. heart basket, Rubik's Cube, Rubik's Magic, hypercubes, and more) in both English and (with yet more content in) German.

posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 18, 2008 - 6 comments

posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 18, 2008 - 6 comments

Aptitude Schmaptitude! *While the state of mathematical incompetence in this country has been much lamented, most famously in Paulos's brilliant 1988 book Innumeracy, it is still tacitly accepted . . . Being incompetent in math has become not only acceptable in this widely innumerate culture, it has almost become a matter of pride. No one
goes around showing off that he is illiterate, or has no athletic ability, but declarations of innumeracy are constantly made without any embarrassment or shame. *

posted by jason's_planet on May 3, 2007 - 140 comments

posted by jason's_planet on May 3, 2007 - 140 comments

The Narrow Road : in which a professional mathematician guides you through pure mathematics (and touches on tangential issues).

posted by phrontist on May 1, 2007 - 10 comments

posted by phrontist on May 1, 2007 - 10 comments

The Value of Algebra: "*Gabriela, sooner or later someone's going to tell you that algebra teaches reasoning. This is a lie propagated by, among others, algebra teachers.*"

posted by daksya on Feb 16, 2006 - 190 comments

posted by daksya on Feb 16, 2006 - 190 comments

Mathematics Awareness Month - April 2005: Essays, DVD, Links. Prior MAMs.

posted by Gyan on Apr 1, 2005 - 7 comments

posted by Gyan on Apr 1, 2005 - 7 comments

Math + test = trouble for US economy For a nation committed to preparing students for 21st century jobs, the results of the first-of-its-kind study of how well teenagers can apply math skills to real-life problems is sobering.
American 15-year-olds rank well below those in most other industrialized countries in mathematics literacy and problem solving, according to a survey released Monday

posted by Postroad on Dec 6, 2004 - 86 comments

posted by Postroad on Dec 6, 2004 - 86 comments

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