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How We Treat Our Kids in School

§ November 1st, 2011 § 3 Comments- Add yours§ Filed under From the Elevated Math Team § Tagged , , , , , ,

 

photography by Pieter Edelman

I’m running for school board in Beverly Hills – a non-paying job with minimal perks – and we have one week left before the elections. The experience of campaigning has caused me to reflect on the experiences of our kids. I see some similarities.

ME: I am expected to spend money on mailers and newspaper advertising which doesn’t contribute anything to the knowledge of the voters other than name recognition. Perhaps it lets them know who has the better graphic designer, but overall it’s a waste of time and money. § Read the rest of this entry…

Math in Singapore

§ July 18th, 2011 § 2 Comments- Add yours§ Filed under From the Elevated Math Team, Teaching Math § Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Photography by Christoph

I know that Singapore Math refers to the curriculum they have in Singapore where emphasis is placed on model drawing, problem solving, and mental math strategies. According to TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) students in 4th and 8th grade mathematics rate higher there than anywhere else in the world. Two years ago when I was in Singapore I decided to talk with people about their educational system and do some exploring on my own. I was curious to know what made their system unique.

Here are my observations: § Read the rest of this entry…