The Centrelink debt recovery system reminds us that many data systems are prone to error, and that's built in to how they work.
The mathematician Kurt Gödel is said to have found a way that the US constitution would allow for a dictator to take control, or so the story goes. He certainly had the mind for it.
Going round in circles can actually make your journey more efficient.
Good quality education fuels an economy. South Africa needs to increase its supply of science and technology university graduates. But instead it's lowering the bar, especially when it comes to maths.
Up until the seventeenth century, astrology was seen as a scholarly tradition, and it is credited as influencing the development of many modern day subjects.
Maths occupies an eminent place in global schooling assessment criteria not just because of its content, but for the skills that are taught and developed alongside it.
The truth behind South Africa's decision to allow 20% as a maths pass mark in some grades is a little more complex than many have suggested.
There's extensive research evidence to suggest that grade repetition does more harm than good.
Policy continuity is what is needed to improve Australian students' maths capability.
If we want excellence in our schools, we have to provide a system with the incentives, enablers and rewards for improvement built in.
Politicians need to stop meddling with education policy and invest in teachers if Australia's science, mathematics and reading standards are to improve.
East Asian pupils continue to outpace their counterparts in Western schools.
Rather than leaping to conclusions about a failing education system, we need to look at what the data tells us about student performance at a state level to help us make more informed decisions.
The quality of what pupils come to know, understand and are able to do has a big impact on students. Low quality leads to boredom as well as fear and anxiety about maths as a subject
The questions young people tend to ask about maths often relate to their personal experience of how they found maths in school.
Some argue understanding the layout of a roulette wheel can help you beat the casino. They're wrong.
Latest TIMSS report shows that students in Australia make very little – if any – progress in maths from Year 4 to Year 8.
For subjects mired in jargon and technical words, what role does language play in breaking down obstacles to communication and understanding.
Masculine cultures foster a greater sense of belonging and ability to be successful in boys than they do in girls.
Some have suggested that deracialising the academy requires all researchers, teachers and students to link knowledge and identity. What might this mean for mathematics?