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International math tests seem to consistently show that Americans don’t have competitive math skills. We can argue that these tests don’t measure real-life capabilities, but it might also be nice to see math test scores rise someday. Given the growth of online educational tools, the accessibility of good (and effective) math lessons will hopefully help to improve everyone’s math talents. Here are just a few interesting links on the topic of math.
- A study of German math students suggests that parental pressure and good grades don’t provide lasting incentives for kids to learn math skills. It seems obvious that the motivation behind learning would affect how well a student learns, but the conclusion could have some interesting effects on education policy and how to most effectively teach children. [url]
- Equations Squared is an online math game that assesses a player’s skills as he/she plays — awarding points for more complex mathematical understanding. The story of how this game was created is interesting, and the game won the grand prize in the ETS Math Assessment Game Challenge. [url]
- Math textbooks are created by a publishing industry which doesn’t necessarily care about the quality of education. There are a lot of problems in the US education system, but there may be some creative destruction in store for the textbook industry. [url]
- Adding a nonsensical math equation to your writing can give it a bit more authority. a^n+b^n=c^n QED [url]
If you’d like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.