Let me cut to the chase and say, unequivocally, that the methods used to calculate these education rankings are subjective, unscientific, unreliable and lack any form of technical credibility or cross-national comparability. I am not disputing that South Africa’s schooling system is currently in crisis (it is), or that South Africa performs extremely weakly relative to other low- and middle-income countries (it does). What I am disputing is that these “rankings” should be taken seriously by anyone or used as evidence of deterioration (they shouldn’t).
The mission of the Philadelphia Engineering and Math Challenge (EMC) is to enhance the teaching and learning of problem solving and communication in our city's public schools through a series of school-based collaborative practice sessions and...
For today’s Technology Tip we have some websites for our Math teachers to enjoy. Of course, according to Plato we could all use a little more geometry in our lives.. These sites are also good examples of the kinds of interactive tutorials that students can find online:
"You have an armadillo, a black-and-white trout, and a rainbow trout. Can the animals fit inside the box? No, this isn’t an intolerable riddle. For Zoran Popović, it’s how you teach math to kids. A computer scientist at the University of Washington, Popović first became known for his popular online game, Foldit, which challenges players to create intricate protein patterns by bending and rearranging amino acids—the constituent units of proteins—into new shapes. Players win by building better molecules. To Popović’s surprise, non-scientist gamers developed more-complex proteins than biochemists did, and these new proteins may lead to the discovery of new drugs or organic materials."
Guest blogger Brian Page, a high school economics teacher, presents three resources for teaching financial literacy to elementary students, including websites by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability and financier Warren Buffett.
Can quality of urban life be boiled down to a formula?
Most people might think of a city such as Paris or Tokyo as a unique entity, with a character that is distinct from other metropolises. But large cities, towns and even smaller villages also share common purpose: they strive to provide a good place to live. Urban planners are trying to find a way to bring mathematical rigor to analyzing how well a city accomplishes this universal goal.