The Education Non-System Sets Kids Up for Failure

Published by — Educators at different levels are not talking to one another, hence a huge disconnect between high school and college. While debates about standards still burn out of control, “readiness” has become a hot topic.  Wherever the standard or benchmark lies, what does a kid need to be ready to meet it? Continue reading “The Education Non-System Sets Kids Up for Failure”

Teach Real Algebra Instead of Wasting Time with Fun Apps

Published by — “The student-engagement bandwagon has gone too far.” Emmanuel Schanzer majored in Computer-Science at Cornell University.  With such a high-value degree, he knew he could sail into a lucrative, snazzy job.  But he was keenly aware that he was a C.S. hotshot (my word) because he’d entered college with good math skills alreadyContinue reading “Teach Real Algebra Instead of Wasting Time with Fun Apps”

The Man Who Made Algebra Child’s Play

Published by — Dr. Henry Borenson wants kids not just to know algebra, but to like it. Dr. Henry Borenson began his career as a math teacher at Stuyvesant High School in New York City.  Like Boston Latin, Stuyvesant uses an exam to cream the best public-school students.  For those smartie pantses, algebra wasContinue reading “The Man Who Made Algebra Child’s Play”

5th Graders Having a Blast with Algebra

Published by —  Making algebraic variables child’s play I was forewarned, but still, it was a lovely surprise to spend a solid hour with a class of students constantly popping off with “I got it!”  And “Ooooohhhhh!”  And “I see!” These yelps of satisfaction sound just like the ones you hear from boys playing videoContinue reading “5th Graders Having a Blast with Algebra”