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Kids These Days [Book Review]


Read Anthony Barr's review of "Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millenials" and his thoughts on the subject in this blog post.

Hey, Mom and Dad! We’re doing the best we can! Being myself one of those dreaded “millennials” who has been the subject of a seemingly endless popular discourse, I was eager to read Malcolm Harris’ new book Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials. Harris is himself a millennial; the cover of…
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Is My Student Behind in Math?


It is hard to not become concerned about whether your student is behind or not.

Is My Student Behind? Actually Behind? When you observe your student exhibiting one or more of the following in their math lessons, it is hard to not become concerned about whether your student is behind or not: • Student is not ready for the math curricula which indicate their corresponding grade level. • They are…
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Senator Sasse on Building Community [Book Review]


Senator Ben Sasse thinks there is one thing that plagues our nation more than anything else: loneliness.

Senator Ben Sasse thinks there is one thing that plagues our nation more than anything else: loneliness. In his latest book, Them: Why We Hate Each Other – And How To Heal – he explains: Our world is nudging us toward rootlessness, when only a recovery of rootedness can heal us. What’s wrong with America,…
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The Importance of Improving Math Culture


A recent initiative in math education seeks to situate math culture in a deeper, more embedded context.

As human beings, our social selves are shaped by human culture. The language we speak, the monetary currency we use, the movies we watch; the examples of human culture are endless. Education is also a cultural phenomenon, and that includes math education. But often the tradition of mathematics is taught as though it exists outside…
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Abacus and Algorithm: A History of Math


A scholar introduces us to Gerbert, who is responsible for introducing algebra and the place-value system to medieval Europe by way of the abacus.

We often teach mathematics as if it were ahistorical, as if all mathematical insights – from the concept of zero to theories of infinite sets – were known always and everywhere. Studying the history of math allows us to see mathematics as an ongoing conversation that has its roots in the earliest of human civilizations.…
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Euclid on Playing with Math Manipulatives


"Things which equal the same thing also equal one another." - Euclid

Imagine the following scene: A three year old child (let’s call her Susie) is playing with blocks of varying lengths on the floor. She carefully places one block on top of another, trying to find blocks that match in length. If you ask Susie what’s she doing, she’ll say, “I’m just playing.” But actually, she’s…
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Steve Demme’s Stewardship Math Curriculum Has a New Edition


After six months of writing and filming (and four months of editing and proofing), the New Edition of Stewardship has been released.

Stewardship, 2nd Edition After six months of writing and filming (and four months of editing and proofing), the New Edition of Stewardship has been released. Stewardship is a personal finance curriculum taught from a biblical perspective. With Steve Demme’s signature humility, humor, and sharp math skills, practical math instruction is combined with Biblical principles of finance…
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Alasdair MacIntyre on Improving Math Education


Math education is often seen as preparation for “real life,” where “real life” is seen as an important thing and math education just seems…boring.

Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the most celebrated contemporary philosophers. His 1981 book After Virtue is widely seen as having launched a renewed attention to virtue-ethics in moral philosophy. Throughout his career, MacIntyre has also written a lot about education. I recently discovered a dialogue between MacIntyre and Joseph Dunne on education, and wanted to…
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The Lost Tools of Math: Recovering Math in a Classical Education [Article]


When it comes to classical education, mathematics is often the Cinderella sister.

When it comes to classical education, mathematics is often the Cinderella sister: she lives in the home along with her sisters Literature, Language and History, but she’s not really considered part of the family. There are at least two main reasons for math’s odd position in classical education. First, for us moderns it can be…
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Homeschooling Pros & Cons


Guest blogger Kyla presents homeschooling pros & cons in this blog post.

It’s Kyla from Little Footsteps Big Learning, and today I will be discussing the pros and cons of homeschooling. Before we get to this, I thought I’d give a little background on myself. I’m a mom to three boys, age 6, 5 and 2, and I’m currently homeschooling them. I studied elementary education, and after…
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