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Math Is Hard

DENNIS VAN ROEKEL, National Education Association: Well, I brought the message that, number one, it’s important that we let the Bush tax cuts disappear for the wealthiest 2 percent. As we’re looking for a $1.2 trillion solution, $829 billion takes us a long way there. Continue Reading →

Algebra is Hard, So Why Bother?

It’s true that students in Finland, South Korea and Canada score better on mathematics tests. But it’s their perseverance, not their classroom algebra, that fits them for demanding jobs.

My first reaction to this is “What the HELL?!?!?” That’s a logic test right there, in two sentences. Unpacking it, however, should be A) another show, and B) grounds for Hacker’s de-emeritification. Continue Reading →

NY-26: Media Innumeracy Strikes Again

Perennial candidate Jack Davis ran for the same seat in the previous three elections, each time as a Democrat. This time he proclaimed himself the tea party candidate and managed to siphon 9% of the vote away from Ms. Corwin. Without his presence in the race (or if he had followed form and run as a Democrat), the Republican Corwin would have won going away. And there would be no story for the mainstream media. I’m quite sure they wouldn’t have trumpeted a Corwin victory as a win for Rep. Ryan’s reform proposal. Continue Reading →