Adam Grant just wrote a lovely piece in the New York Times that points out that, as he puts it, "academic excellence is not a strong predictor of career excellence." He's right, and for the right reasons, but a quick skim of the piece might lead you astray. The key...read more
This outstanding TED Talk by Barnard's president is mainly about choking under pressure. But how interesting that the example Professor Beilock spends most time on is girls' learning math. One of the excellent points she makes so well is that there's a difference...read more
I will no longer be recommending Princeton Review's Math 2 prep books, because their latest edition features a test that is a problem-by-problem parody of an official College Board test. I don't have a problem with close copies of official tests -- on the contrary,...read more
If you want to handle repeated challenge in the best way, you have to start by realizing that the goal isn’t to change your challenges. The goal is to improve your ability to handle them.read more
February is the final date of the AMC, but it is also time to start your prep for SAT Subject Tests and AP’s. Examine your test prep strategy. How will your hard work pay off, not only at test time, but also later in life? How will you utilize the skills you’ve...read more
Return On Planned Obsolescence (ROPO), I have recently learned, is basically the extra money Apple gets when people buy a new phone while their old still works perfectly fine, but just doesn’t have the newest bells and whistles. It can also refer to extra money netted...read more
"Math punk" Tom Henderson has written a brilliant essay that I have co-opted and edited here. In a nutshell, what is the problem with math education in the US? It's that students are mostly trying to minimize feeling stupid rather than trying to maximize their ability...read more
Brian Greene makes the point about science, and it holds just as true for math: "We rob science education of life when we focus solely on results and seek to train students to solve problems and recite facts without a commensurate emphasis on transporting them out...read more
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