Archive: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

Lions and Tigers and Math, Oh My!

Did a linear equation ever give you sweaty palms? Heart palpitations? If you recognize these symptoms, turns out you might have Math Anxiety. When I first heard the term, I assumed it miust have been conjured by pricey tutors or...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 3, 2008; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

How Much Math is Enough for College?

For students with shaky math skills, stress in the subject often comes down to one word: college. Junior year is the BIG YEAR for the college-bound, and considering that about 90 percent of Fairfax County grads go on to some...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 2, 2008; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (23)

Algebra for All: The Push for Higher Math

Michael Alison Chandler's ongoing coverage of math education also includes an occasional series of articles in the Post newspaper. The first installment, "At Fairfax High, Another Approach As System Tries to Up Subject Appeal," ran on Sunday, Sept. 21. Many...

By Washington Post Editors | October 1, 2008; 8:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Room A-142

Tricia Colclaser’s second-period Algebra II class (which, mysteriously, takes place first thing in the morning) is what many students call “regular math.” It’s not honors, not International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement. It's not taken by tweens whose math skills are...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 1, 2008; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wasn't Once Enough?

I am not a math person. Let me be clear. Mental math makes me nervous. In high school, algebra made me sulk. I survived pre-calculus 15 years ago largely because college was in sight. To me, college was defined as...

By Michael Alison Chandler | September 30, 2008; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (33)

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