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‘Useless' Math: From y=mx+b to Silicon Valley Dreams

A chorus often emerges on Facebook from the disgruntled masses of math students. This lament echoes through the hallways of high schools and on Beyoncé’s internet: "Another day has passed, and yet...

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You Learned Math Incorrectly; Do You Want Your Children To Do The Same?

Many parents want to teach their kids math the same way they learned math; the problem is that the way they learned math didn’t prepare them for the technical future they found themselves in as...

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More ‘Real Math,’ More Class Choices, Students Say. We Agree.

An essential voice in the debate over how math should be taught is getting louder. The students themselves are increasingly being invited to participate in shaping the future of mathematics...

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The Calculus Of Change: Math As A Gateway To Success, Not Gatekeeper

After wrapping up 2024's Black History Month, I’ll present to a group of kindergarten students from New Jersey. As I consider what I want to get across to these young African American babies, my...

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Erased from the Equation: Black Mathematicians in the South

In the annals of mathematical history, there lies a largely untold narrative: the contributions of Black mathematicians in the southern United States. History matters in math, and this editorial...

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Cultural Erasure: Is Math Teaching Whitewashing Black Genius?

In the vast, intricate quilt of mathematical history, the contributions of Black minds are hidden from sight when, instead, they should be some of its most vibrant threads. And when we sideline the...

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