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In defence of maths

Far from being a waste of time, making maths education compulsory to 18 could help provide a clearer path to economic prosperity.
Gun control activists rally in front of the White House in Washington DC, earlier this year. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Gun control in America by the right (and wrong) numbers

All sides in the debate on gun control in the United States are quick to point to numbers they say back their arguments. But are they playing fair with those figures?
This “pi plate” shows some of the progress toward finding all the digits of pi. Piledhigheranddeeper

The search for the value of pi

On the occasion of Pi Day, a look at the history of calculating the actual, and increasingly exact, value of pi (π).
Some students will not encounter a trained maths or science teacher until the latter years of secondary school. from www.shutterstock.com

Why is it so hard to recruit good maths and science teachers?

Lack of confidence, negative attitudes and low student participation rates are just a few of the challenges maths and science teachers face.
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities. from www.shutterstock.com

2015, the year that was: Education

2013 was the year of Gonski; 2014 the year of higher education reform; 2015 has been the year of … hmmm … wait, what actually happened this year? Just a lot of chat really, with much debate, but little…

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