Archive: Math Literacy

Who is a Successful Honors Math Student?

This list is distributed at Fairfax High to parents and teachers who are helping students figure out which math class to take. This student is one who: Considers math to be one of his/her favorite subjects. Is a critical thinker...

By Michael Alison Chandler | February 24, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Test Your Quantitative Literacy

These questions come from a survey developed through the W.M. Keck Statistical Literacy Project. It focuses on the use of numbers in every day situations. 1. True or False. If a stock decreases 50 percent and then increases by 50...

By Michael Alison Chandler | February 6, 2009; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

What is Quantitative Literacy?

Most people understand illiteracy as the inability to read, but what is the parallel definition for innumeracy or quantitative illiteracy? In an increasingly numbers-drenched society, it’s a question that many scholars are trying to answer so they can find ways...

By Michael Alison Chandler | February 5, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

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)

Financial Literacy For Foster Kids (and for me too)

For all the questions about when algebra is ever going to come in handy, it seems clear that many Americans could be more math savvy in general when it comes to personal finances. I know I could. I'm hoping that...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 20, 2008; 04:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

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)

Calculators Redux

This week in Algebra II we are studying matrices. Remember matrices? Long rows and columns of numbers you must painstakingly add or divide or labor through somehow. With two rows by three columns, we took time to calculate each equation....

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 6, 2008; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

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; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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