Wednesday, September 19, 2012
By James Kemple
After a mixed review of the "School of One" math instruction at several middle schools, some media outlets pounced on the findings as negative, and declared the program a failure. In this opinion piece, one of the researchers cautions against hasty assessments of educational experiments, arguing that real innovation takes time.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Andrew Hacker, professor of political science at Queens College New York, recently proclaimed on The Takeaway that the age old belief that "algebra and mathematics generally sharpens our mind…[is] total fiction." Many of our listeners disagreed.
Monday, July 30, 2012
By Rev. Tim Jones : Parish priest for St Lawrence and St Hilda in York
A math teacher in a Bronx middle school-high school writes: "Getting 15 percent of a cohort from the South Bronx to pass the A.P. Calculus exam took me six years. The two techniques that I developed Year 1, partly out of necessity and weak classroom management, stayed with me: don't give kids boring problems, and do let them work together."
Friday, July 20, 2012
A math teacher at a Queens junior high school writes: "Being afraid of math is not something I can appreciate; however, I do have a fairly unhealthy fear of spiders. I imagined sitting in a room dedicated to the study of spiders, complete with pictures and models. My jaw clenched and a chill crept up my spine. We both had an irrational fear, but Frankie was the only one being forced to face his every day with no help."
Monday, June 18, 2012
There are many stereotypes associated with the sciences, including the ideas that scientific fields are out-of-reach, too intellectual, or exclusively for men and academia. The outgoing president of M.I.T. discusses these problems and says that the United States must create a culture of the sciences in order to generate interest in the masses.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
In an effort to expand the introduction of a new set of learning standards into the city's public schools, officials are asking science and social studies teachers to introduce more reading and writing into students' classwork. This school year, English and math teachers have already begun to adapt their lessons to the new requirements.
Friday, May 04, 2012
Hundreds of middle school students will take part in a city-wide math competition on Saturday. They're competing for math glory, a golden Pi trophy and the chance to break open a six-foot tall Pi piñata.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
By Robert Krulwich : Host, Radiolab
Robert gapes in wonder at the doodling prowess of self-proclaimed math geek Vi Hart. Read more, and watch Vi's blazing pencil in action.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
By Yasmeen Khan
Students can tell when a teacher is excited by what they're teaching. But sometimes, especially with only three months left in the year, excitement can be hard to come by. For some New York City math teachers, an after-school math class gives them the jolt they need to stay inspired.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Alan Turing's mental leaps about machines and computers were some of the most innovative ideas of the 20th century. But the world wasn't kind to him. In this short, Robert wonders how Turing's personal life shaped his understanding of mechanical minds and human emotions.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Students in fourth and eighth grade at New York City schools scored slightly lower on federal math tests this year compared with 2009, according to scores released Wednesday morning, even as the scores of their counterparts in other big cities inched upward. But since 2003, city students have made significant strides.
Monday, December 05, 2011
Brian Kim, 17, a student at Stuyvesant High School, took second place in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, and was awarded a $50,000 scholarship prize, for a theory that he likened to arranging cookies on a tray.
Friday, December 02, 2011
By Beth Fertig
Packing cookies in a tray. That is the analogy a Stuyvesant High School senior, Brian Kim, of Bayside, Queens, uses to describe the math project that has put him in the finals of the annual Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Brian, whose parents are Korean immigrants, will compete this weekend in Washington for the top prize of a $100,000 college scholarship.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
By Yasmeen Khan
Seven New York City math and science teachers who try to make learning experiential and (gasp!) fun will receive Sloan Awards for Teaching Excellence in Science and Mathematics, an honor that seeks to recognize exceptionally dedicated and creative high school educators.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Three programs that promote math and science education will receive a big lift in the form of millions of dollars in federal grants. Now New Visions for Public Schools, the city's Education Department and the New York Hall of Science in Queens must drum up some matching funds to acquire the money.