Archive: Math Around the World

National Standards? Too Provincial.

Forget national standards. A growing chorus of educators are looking beyond US borders and pushing for international benchmarks of what and how children should be taught to be successful in a borderless economy. "No longer do we compare Iowa against...

By Michael Alison Chandler | January 29, 2009; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Math: Take-It-Or-Leave-It?

The following is excerpted from a fact sheet produced by Achieve, a D.C.-based group that advocates for tougher academic standards. Far too many students in the U.S. give up on math early because it does not come easy and they...

By Michael Alison Chandler | December 16, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

Guest Blogger: What International Math Tests Really Say

Our guest blogger today is Gerald Bracey, a trained psychogist, author of "Reading Educational Research: How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered," and a critic of how today's tests measure success. He was director of research, evaluation and testing for the...

By Michael Alison Chandler | December 9, 2008; 04:07 PM ET | Comments (20)

International Math Test Results

A familiar note from The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS test. American students' 2007 scores have improved since 2003, when the last test was given. They are above average but far from the top. Here's a...

By Michael Alison Chandler | December 9, 2008; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (9)

Indian Math for Americans

I recently learned about a new Web site called Indian Math Online that offers students in the United States an Indian-style edge. Co-founder, Bob Compton, got the idea for the web site after creating the film 2 million minutes, a...

By Michael Alison Chandler | December 2, 2008; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (3)

From China to Harvard

Global competition is not just for the workplace any more. It's coming home to America's premier colleges. So says Boston Globe reporter Tracy Jan, who wrote this weekend about a math contest in Beijing that attracted recruiters from Harvard, Stanford,...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 10, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Math Blogging from Japan

I wish I could say I was the one blogging about math from Japan. But, alas, as I sit in my cubicle in Fairfax, Va., there's an American teacher visiting Japanese math classrooms through a Fulbright fellowship and blogging about...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 27, 2008; 03:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

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