Math: Facing an American Phobia

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Math Solutions, 1998 - Education - 164 pages
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Research shows more than two-thirds of American adults fear and loathe mathematics. But is doesn't have to be that way. This book looks at why math has such a bad reputation. It laughs at itself while it sneaks its message through about what math can and should mean to us all and how we can keep our children from adopting the negative attitudes many of us have.
  

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

This book was recommended to me by a professor as a must read, so I picked it up. I really liked it! It completely changed the way I feel about mathematics and how I will look at teaching it. Children must learn to understand the 'why' behind the 'how.' Very interesting. Read full review

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User Review  - Jill - Goodreads

I think the author makes a lot of good points about how Math has been taught poorly in the past (based on formula memorization) instead of teaching kids to think and reason. However, since this book ... Read full review

Contents

Talking Turkey About Arithmetic
1
The Pizza Problem
15
Who Needs Tip Tables?
25
A Cupful of Fractions
37
Math Under Pressure
45
CalculatorsCrutch or Tool?
55
MakingMathMake Sense
65
School Math Then School Math Now
75
Teaching Addition and Subtraction
81
Teaching Fractions
97
Teaching Percents
115
A Message to Parents
133
Solving the Phobia Problem
139
Not Your Everyday Answer Key
147
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Burns is a nationally known mathematics educator whose messages about math have reached teachers throught her many books, videotapes, talks, and extensive program of Math Solutions Courses.

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