What's Math Got to Do with It?: Helping Children Learn to Love Their Most Hated Subject--and why It's Important for America

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Penguin, 2008 - Education - 273 pages
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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 America

User Review  - Aspasia - Goodreads

I am a math hater. I am 34 years old and I have yet to find a math teacher that makes math interesting and useful to me. I highly doubt that I will be using quadratic equations later in life. I am ... 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 America

User 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

Contents

What Is Math? And Why Do We All Need It?
15
Whats Going Wrong in Classrooms? Identifying
31
Effective Classroom
57
New Forms of Testing That
84
How American Grouping
106
How Girls
123
7 Key Strategies and Ways of Working
145
Making a Difference through Work with Schools
200
Solutions to the Mathematics Problems
221
Mathematics Curricula
241
Recommended Math Puzzle Books
247
Index
263
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Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University. She was formerly the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Sussex in England and a classroom teacher in London and California. She is a regular contributor to national television and radio in the United States and the U.K., and her research has appeared in newspapers around the world, including The Wall Street Journal and The Times(London). She lives in Palo Alto, California.

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