Archive: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

High School Math -- in College

While Virginia has been celebrating its recently released 4-year high school graduation rate (81 percent -- higher than in many other states), an interesting article from Inside Higher Ed highlights the dismal 6-year graduation rates at many city colleges (19...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 17, 2008; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Quiz: Describe How and Why Math Works

Math test today. I'm tired. We were quizzed on solving systems of linear equations. A lot of the test focused on using matrices. We were allowed to use calculators for part of the test. I think I understand pretty well...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 16, 2008; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (9)

Parents: How much math homework do you do?

Many parents tell me there comes a point when they stop feeling useful at homework time. Louise Epstein, the Fairfax County parent of three gifted mathematicians, said she challenged her daughters early on, creating word problems for them when they...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 15, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

College-Level Math: Moving Too Fast?

Post reporter Valerie Strauss visited a Complex Variables class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology for a story about the growing number of students who are taking college-level math before college. She wrote in yesterday's Post: Although...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 14, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

Where's the Algebra?

I am told that algebra is everywhere – it’s in my iPod, beneath the spreadsheet that calculates my car payments, in every corner of my building. This idea freaks me out because I just can’t see it. I sent out...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 13, 2008; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

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