Archive for maths

The innocent, unconscious bias that discourages girls from math and science

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Barack and Michelle Obama recently invited Amy Chyao, a 16-year-old high-school junior from Texas who is working on a new cancer treatment, and Mikayla Nelson, a high-school freshman from Montana who designed an innovative solar-powered car, to sit in the first lady’s box during the president’s State of the Union Address. It was a nice gesture, but the president didn’t tell the truth about the girls …” (more)

[Shankar Vedantam, Slate, 1 March]

Technology to blame as standards in basic skills fall

Posted in teaching with tags , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“The increasing availability of technological aids in mobile phones and music players is having a detrimental effect on teenagers’ language and maths skills …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 28 February]

Rugby star O’Kelly talks about maths passion

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“Ireland and Leinster rugby star Malcolm O’Kelly has been talking to school students about his passion for maths, and the importance of a solid grasp of maths in engineering careers. He visited schools as part of Engineers Week’s second national Volunteer Day …” (more)

[, 17 February]

Bad choices for mathematics?

Posted in teaching with tags on 14 February 2011 by Steve

“It is widely accepted that there is a crisis in Irish school-level maths, from early primary school up, including unqualified teachers, students leaving school innumerate, under-challenged students, low numbers taking Leaving Cert higher level maths, not to mention the low standard of maths among many of those students who actually do get an honour …” (more)

[Eugene Gath, University Blog, 14 February]

Higher maths proposal for teacher training courses

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“Higher Leaving Certificate maths results could be a prerequisite for embarking on teacher training courses, if proposals from the profession’s regulator body are adopted …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 January]

Frontline teachers must be supported if Ireland’s underperforming maths education is to improve

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 18 December 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael Innovation Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD has called on Education Minister Mary Coughlan TD to address Ireland’s underperforming standards in maths education …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 17 December]

Decline in maths and literacy

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 13 December 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – The latest OECD results will not be a surprise to people teaching maths to science and engineering students in colleges and universities here …” (more)

[Sara McMurry, Irish Times, 13 December]