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Math education is failing too many students. We are owners and participants in an entrenched school system that is tough to change, and we could all list the thousands of reasons why. Big systems have a lot of inertia, like … Continue reading
From NCWIT (National Council of Women in IT) – Did you know that a recent study using data on 15,000 students from the National Center of Education Statistics found that teachers consistently rate girls as less good at math than … Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who commented and tweeted about my recent series of posts about Khan Academy and the questions it raises regarding pedagogy, learning theory, and how we teach math in the U.S. Here are the links all in one … Continue reading
Note: This is part 4 of 4 of a series on Khan Academy. (Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3) In the previous post, I ended with a question about the inch-deep, mile-wide math curriculum in the U.S. that essentially … Continue reading
Note: this is Part 3 of a 4 part blog series on Khan Academy and math education. This post is an imaginary Q&A about what I’ve said in Part 1 about math myths and learning theories and Part 2 about algorithms, … Continue reading
This is part 2 of a 4 part series on Khan Academy and math education, specifically American math education. Part 1- Khan Academy and the mythical math cure set up the context, my point of view, and a bit of … Continue reading
I’d like to share my thoughts about Khan Academy and what I see as a few epic math myths that are especially important in the discussion of the Khan Academy. In America, these myths are so pervasive that even people who were damaged by the way they were taught themselves accept them and insist that their children be taught using exactly the same methods.
I think these myths explain both the widespread acceptance of Khan Academy as a “revolution” and also why in reality it’s not going to change anything. Continue reading
Compare and contrast these two approaches: 1. Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers 2. Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education Wolfram talks about how computers should be used to advance the understanding of math the way it’s really … Continue reading