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Stem The Tide

Author : David E. Drew
ISBN : 9781421403410
Genre : Education
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Accessible, engaging, and hard hitting, STEM the Tide is a clarion call to policymakers, administrators, educators, and everyone else concerned about students’ participation in the STEM fields and America’s competitive global position.

Stem The Tide

Author : David E. Drew
ISBN : 9781421400945
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One study after another shows American students ranking behind their international counterparts in the STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering, and math. Businesspeople such as Bill Gates warn that this alarming situation puts the United States at a serious disadvantage in the high-tech global marketplace of the twenty-first century, and President Obama places improvement in these areas at the center of his educational reform. What can be done to reverse this poor performance and to unleash America's wasted talent? David E. Drew has good news -- and the tools America needs to keep competitive. Drawing on both academic literature and his own rich experience, Drew identifies proven strategies for reforming America's schools, colleges, and universities, and his comprehensive review of STEM education in the United States offers a positive blueprint for the future. These research-based strategies include creative and successful methods for building strong programs in science and mathematics education and show how the achievement gap between majority and minority students can be closed. A crucial measure, he argues, is recruiting, educating, supporting, and respecting America's teachers. To secure a competitive advantage both in the knowledge economy and in economic development more broadly, America needs a highly skilled, college-educated workforce and cutting-edge university research. Drew makes the case that reforming science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education to meet these demands, with an emphasis on reaching historically underserved students, is essential to the long-term prosperity of the United States. Accessible, engaging, and hard hitting, STEM the Tide is a clarion call to policymakers, administrators, educators, and everyone else concerned about students' participation in the STEM fields and America's competitive global position.

America S Math Education Crisis

Author : Larry Zafran
ISBN : 9781453619957
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America's education system is in a state of crisis. A growing number of America's youth cannot read, write, or do math at all close to grade level. In many cases, these students and their families do not realize this or care. The situation is compounded by the fact that American society no longer values education, and does not understand how learning actually works. Frequent reference is made to the illusion of learning in underperforming schools. The book explains the difference between true learning and just being exposed to material. It explains the essential role that parents play, and that even with encouragement, a child cannot be forced to learn. The book is targeted at parents, teachers, administrators, government officials, and concerned citizens. Older students may also benefit from reading it. Despite its frankness about topics which are often disregarded and avoided, there is nothing in the book that students don't intuitively understand. In particular, many students regularly experience the anonymity of being herded like cattle. The goal of the book is to raise awareness, and discuss whether we can fix the problem. We cannot address our nation's education crisis until people understand its underlying causes and scope. The book tells the truth, in contrast to the misinformation provided by the government and the news media. Suggested changes for improvement are made, including those that can be implemented quickly and easily, and those that require a great deal of money and coordination along with a fundamental change in how America handles education. This book is controversial, and covers issues that may anger, upset, or confuse some readers. The book includes curse words to paint a vivid picture of the way many students speak, and bluntly labels key aspects of our education system as bullsh*t where applicable.

Math Education For America

Author : Mark Wolfmeyer
ISBN : 9781134673841
Genre : Education
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Math Education for America? analyzes math education policy through the social network of individuals and private and public organizations that influence it in the United States. The effort to standardize a national mathematics curriculum for public schools in the U.S. culminated in 2010 when over 40 states adopted the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Rather than looking at the text of specific policy documents, this book complements existing critical reviews of the national math education curriculum by employing a unique social network analysis. Breaking new ground in detailing and theorizing the politics of math education, Wolfmeyer argues that the private interests of this network are closely tied to a web of interrelated developments: human capital education policy, debates over traditional and reform pedagogy, the assumed content knowledge deficit of math teachers, and the proliferation of profit-driven educational businesses. By establishing the interconnectedness of these interests with the national math education curriculum, he shows how the purported goals of math education reform are aligned with the prevailing political agendas of this social network rather than the national interest.

Hands On History

Author : Amy Shell-Gellasch
ISBN : 9780883851821
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Research shows that students learn best when they actively participate in their learning. In particular, hands-on activities provide the greatest opportunities for gaining understanding and promoting retention. Apart from simple manipulatives, the mathematics classroom offers few options for hands-on activities. However, the history of mathematics offers many ways to incorporate hands-on learning. By bringing this material culture of mathematics into the classroom, students can experience historical applications and uses of mathematics in a setting rich in discovery and intellectual interest. This volume is a compilation of articles from researchers and educators who use the history of mathematics to facilitate active learning in the classroom. The contributions range from simple devices, such as the rectangular protractor, to elaborate models of descriptive geometry. Other chapters provide detailed descriptions on how to build and use historical models in the high school or collegiate classroom.

Math

Author : Marilyn Burns
ISBN : 9780941355193
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Humorously Uncovers the Reasons Behind Math's Dreadful Reputation and Shows us How we Can Help Prevent Our Own Children From Adopting Similar Phobic Attitudes

Stem Future Of America

Author : Ajit S Bhandal
ISBN : 9781640826380
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The purpose of this book is to educate the public and alert educational authorities about the alarming international trends in math and science education and to promote STEM education in America so that American students can compete and lead other nations in math and science—the backbone of economic prosperity. We believe that this book will benefit every student, parent, teacher, school, other educational institutions, and the government. It describes the role and responsibilities of students, parents, schools, nonprofit organizations, and government to generate interest and motivate students toward STEM education. This book includes comparison of education system between Japan, Germany, and America, including detailed information of education system of preschools, elementary, middle and high schools, colleges, and universities in America. It also discusses the effect of economic gap and the efforts made by the government to provide equal educational opportunities for all students to reduce disparities. The author believes that the American education system is competitive with other developed nations but needs some adjustments to meet current needs. The STEM education and its implementation is the guru of future technologies.

Math Education In The U S

Author : Barry Garelick
ISBN : 1523928204
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"Hell hath no fury like a mathematician whose child has been scorned by an education system that refuses to know better," Barry Garelick wrote in his first published article on math education in 2005. He has been at it ever since, and his focus has remained the same: why many of today's practices for teaching math are ineffective and often destructive. This collection brings together some of his best articles on math education over the past ten years. Garelick states: "In writing these articles, I often feel that I am explaining in detail why jumping out of an airplane without a parachute will result in death. And while I am heartened that my readers have found these articles useful, I am also disheartened when I hear the education establishment react with arguments that are tantamount to 'Oh but if you jump out of an airplane the right way, you can survive.' " Nevertheless there is a growing momentum in the U.S. against the well-intentioned but highly injurious nonsense that passes for math education. This collection of articles will assure those people who are convinced that it is being taught poorly that they are right. Reviews: "Barry Garelick is an invaluable source of clear-eyed analysis in a world of math education that is so often given over to fads, agendas, and assorted foolishness. Garelick approaches math instruction, curriculum, and reform with a studious expertise and a wry skepticism that is all too rare. His book will be a welcome resource for parents and teachers frustrated with math education and seeking hard-headed advice on what ought to be done differently." Frederick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute "A teacher, a parent and a mathematics major, Garelick's first-hand accounts of his experiences navigating the world of math education are all too familiar to those of us who have experienced the negative impact of educational fads in mathematics classrooms. This book is a must read for parents, teachers and anyone who cares about the way math is taught in North American schools." Dr. Anna Stokke, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Winnipeg. "Barry Garelick's highly readable volume of essays uses a diverse set of critical lenses to trace the stories of--and convincingly impugn--math-instructional ideals and methods that have not yet come close to fulfilling their proponents' promises. Required reading for anyone growing weary of all the lagging results, faddish terminology, and upside-down approaches they see across American K-12 mathematics instruction." Eric Kalenze, author of "Education is Upside-Down" "Those who criticize traditional methods of teaching math are prone to spout wise-sounding homilies about the need to "teach children to think like mathematicians. Barry Garelick understands that if you want kids to think like a mathematician you need to teach them some math, not wait for them to discover basic procedures on their own. For those stubbornly committed to learning math through discovery, here's hoping they discover Garelick's book." Robert Pondiscio, Senior Fellow and Vice President for External Affairs, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

How To Teach Math To Black Students

Author : Shahid Muhammad
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"Intended for parents and teachers of African American students, this book provides strategies for correcting the racial achievement gap in upper-grade mathematics. Advice is provided on instilling confidence in African American students and on teaching math in a less sterile and theoretical way. Also explored is how critical thinking skills are essential in understanding math. A wealth of ideas is provided on creating relevant word problems to help students better understand basic math functions."

Humble Pi

Author : Michael K. Smith
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Anyone who has ever suffered through a tough math class has probably wondered, "When am I going to use this stuff?" If you're confused by how real-life problems can be helped by pi, cosine, and the exact time two speeding trains will meet, then this book is for you. Humble Pi challenges the assumptions that lie at the heart of math education. Michael K. Smith says he is not "anti-math, " but he believes that there are a number of untested myths in most discussions about the role of mathematics in education. Smith addresses such questions as: Is math proficiency linked to the ability to reason logically and to think critically? Do most people need courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus for practical daily living and success in life? How reliable a gauge of innate intelligence is the math component of the SAT exam? Will strengthened math courses really help America become competitive in world markets? Smith argues for a rethinking of the proper role of mathematics in education. Our emphasis on pure mathematics for all students is misguided, he maintains, and has not worked. Our students would be more successful if they were trained in practical mathematics - the math that is of direct practical use in everyday life and that is geared to each individual career choice. Instead of traditional mathematics courses, students should work on solving complex problems, problems that draw on knowledge from different disciplines and are more closely connected to experiences they will face as citizens. According to Smith, the pure mathematics that is currently taught should be offered only as an elective course, for those students especially interested in pursuing mathematics or arelated discipline as a career. Humble Pi is a provocative, well-researched, and thought-provoking contribution to the current debate over national educational goals.

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