Fighting the mathematics blues... with a museum?
April 26, 2011
- In case you missed it, the Alliance for
Excellent Education recently held a webinar discussing the results of the National
Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)’s 2009 National Assessment of Educational
Progress (NAEP) High School Transcript Study, America’s High School Graduates.
Discussants included NAGB chairman David Driscoll and Jack Buckley,
Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics. A video of the
webinar is available here.
- The one-teacher-per-classroom model does not fit
all, says the Center for American Progress in its latest study, Beyond Classroom Walls: Developing
Innovative Work Roles for Teachers. The study examines two school
systems in which teachers’ strengths are maximized through block scheduling,
peer mentoring, delegation of role learning tasks, and other similar methods of
improving student learning via teacher specialization.
- Wondering what implementation of the Common Core
standards will look like in reality? Hillcrest High School in Queens, New York
City, is trying the standards out through a pilot program, writes
the New York Times, and is seeing its
teachers make significant changes in their teaching methods as a result.
- Bored with math? Glen Whitney, entrepreneur and
former hedge-fund quantitative analyst, believes he is creating a cure for the
mathematics blues: MoMath, a museum that
focuses on the intersections of math and art. Weighing in at $30 million, the
project is no small investment, says
Education Week, but Whitney hopes the
museum will help children understand that math can be understandable and even