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Why Teach Algebra? Part Two

In part one of this article we examined what we are really teaching when we teach mathematics and why it is important. In part two we will explore why practical math alone is not enough.  Tricks Without Understanding Many of the people who argue against teaching...
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Why Teach Algebra? Part One

There has been a growing trend to say that Americans need less algebra education. In The Math Myth, Andrew Hacker argues that algebra and other upper-level high school mathematics like geometry and trigonometry are largely unnecessary for students and can even get in...
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Why My Kid Does Not Need Bath Toys

Our two-year-old boy old loves his bath. Many well-meaning relatives wanted to get him some bath toys for his birthday and for Christmas. For some reason, I balked at the idea. It took me a while, but with God’s help, I was able to figure out why I had such a violent...
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Starting Slow

A long time ago I ran a marathon. In Alaska. At the base of Mt. McKinley. Seriously, in my current fitness state that idea feels ridiculous now. It sounded like a good idea at the time. My husband to be and I were newly engaged and it felt like the perfect way to...
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The Real Impact of Imagination

One of the best things our parents ever did for me and my sister, Sarah, was let us get bored. “Good,” Mom would say when I whined to her that I was bored. “If you’re never bored, then you’ll never learn how to make fun for yourself.” And this probably why I have a...
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