What's Math Got to Do with It?: Helping Children Learn to Love Their Most Hated Subject--and why It's Important for America
A recent assessment of mathematics performance around the world ranked the United States twenty-eighth out of forty countries in the study. When the level of spending was taken into account, we sank to the very bottom of the list. According to Jo Boaler, who was a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University for nine years, statistics like these are becoming all too common--we have reached the point of crisis, and a new course of action is crucial.
In this straightforward and inspiring book, Boaler outlines the nature of the problem by following the progress of students in middle and high schools over a number of years, to find out which teaching methods are exciting students and getting results. Based on her research, she presents concrete solutions that will help reverse the trend, including classroom approaches, essential strategies for students, advice for parents on how to help children enjoy mathematics, and ways to work with teachers in schools.
The United States is continuing to fall rapidly behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to math education, and the future of our economy depends on the quality of teaching that our children receive today. In What's Math Got to Do with It?, Jo Boaler offers us a new way forward, making this book in dispensable for all parents and educators, as well as anyone interested in the mathematical and scientific future of our society.
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Review: What's Math Got to Do with It?: Helping Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject--and Why It's Important for AmericaUser Review - Brian Williams - Goodreads
Good overview of what's wrong with math education in the US, and what can be done to fix it. The writing and structure of the book could be better. If you are willing to dig in and take the time to go ... Read full review
Review: What's Math Got to Do with It?: Helping Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject--and Why It's Important for AmericaUser Review - Christina - Goodreads
If you hated math in school, this book will tell you why (the common teaching methodology sucks). If you've got kids you'd like to save from hating math, this book will give you ideas (nothing ... Read full review
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