Archive for November, 2009

Have a Heart!

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

It is always interesting when a probability question produces a counter-intuitive result, and the following "glimpse a heart" question is a wonderful example of that:-

Hard Problems

Friday, November 20th, 2009 is the website of a documentary made about the US team in the 2006 International Math Olympiad. << Although American students on the whole rank well behind many countries in mathematics, American math Olympiad teams regularly finish among the top teams. While aiming to inspire and entertain, Hard Problems provides an insightful and thoughtful […]

Mathematical Paintings

Friday, November 20th, 2009

From the MathForum newsletter: << David Crockett Johnson was perhaps most famous for his children's book Harold and the Purple Crayon. From 1965 until his death in 1975, Crockett Johnson painted over 100 works relating to mathematics and mathematical physics. Of these paintings, eighty are found in the collections of the National Museum of American […]

Interesting Poll Results

Monday, November 9th, 2009

BBC NEWS | Special Reports | Free market flawed, says survey.

Why Math?

Friday, November 6th, 2009

A couple of recent additions to the arsenal of reasons for promoting mathematics education are this recent article by Ian Stewart in the UK Telegraph and the collection of 'Math Matters - Apply It' posters developed by SIAM (the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics).

Stanford Study of Writing

Friday, November 6th, 2009

The Stanford Study of Writing provides a welcome counterpoint to some of the nonsense that has been put about regarding impact of the internet on literacy.

Crossing the Finish Line: SATs and GradRates

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Stephen Downes points to Chad Adelman posting on Crossing the Finish Line - a recent book about university graduation rates by William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos & Michael S. McPherson. I haven't read the book but am suspicious of any attempt to draw conclusions about social policy from statistical analysis - especially in reviews […]

Media Democracy Day Vancouver - November 7, 2009 | Media Democracy Day

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Media Democracy Day Vancouver - November 7, 2009 | Media Democracy Day.

A Widening Gap

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

The Back Page article by Joseph Ganem in this month's APS News suggests that nominal content and student capability outcomes in US high school mathematics are moving in opposite directions - and attributes this largely to attempts to introduce abstract topics before the students are ready.