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Math Innovation Requires Patience

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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.

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The Takeaway

In Defense of Algebra

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.

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Real-World Problems + Group Learning = A.P. Calculus Success

Monday, July 30, 2012

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."

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Beating Back the Math Demons

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."

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The Takeaway

Promoting a Culture of Science in the United States

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.

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On Being

Janna Levin — Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth [remix]

Thursday, May 31, 2012

With physicist Janna Levin, we explore echoes between mathematics and great existential questions -- the nature of truth, free will, and how science informs the meaning of life.

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[Unedited] Janna Levin with Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 31, 2012

With physicist Janna Levin, we explore echoes between mathematics and great existential questions -- the nature of truth, free will, and how science informs the meaning of life.

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City Instructs Schools to Expand Common Core Introduction

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.

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Students Compete for a Shot at the Golden Pi

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.

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At Baruch High School, Math Takes the Prize

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Because of its innovative and challenging math curriculum, Baruch College Campus High School was selected as one of 18 national finalists of the annual Intel Schools of Distinction competition.

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: Getting Drunk On Stars

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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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.

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Where Math Teachers Go to Get Energized

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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.

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Radiolab

The Turing Problem

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.

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On Being

Mario Livio — Who Ordered This? New Mysteries of an Expanding Universe [remix]

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Astrophysicist Mario Livio works with science the Hubble Space Telescope makes possible. He is not a religious person. But he's fascinated with the enduring mystery of the very language of science, mathematics.

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[Unedited] Mario Livio with Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Astrophysicist Mario Livio works with science the Hubble Space Telescope makes possible. He is not a religious person. But he's fascinated with the enduring mystery of the very language of science, mathematics.

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Federal Test Scores Show Dips by City Students

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.

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Stuyvesant Student Takes Second in Siemens Competition

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.

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Cookie Tray Theory Propels Student to D.C.

Friday, December 02, 2011

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.

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Honors for Math and Science Teachers Who Make Students Think

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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.

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Federal Dollars Pledged to Math and Science Programs

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.

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