# Articles on Mathematics education

## The mystic and the mathematician: What the towering 20th-century thinkers Simone and André Weil can teach today’s math educators

André Weil was a mathematician. His sister Simone Weil was a philosopher. They both thought deeply about the nature and value of mathematics and mathematics education.

## How counting by 10 helps children learn about the meaning of numbers

Findings of a study suggest using a ‘hundreds chart’ showing numbers one through 100, beginning with one in the top-left corner, fosters children’s counting by 10s.

## Heritage algorithms combine the rigors of science with the infinite possibilities of art and design

By bridging culture and computation, heritage algorithms challenge the myth of ‘primitive cultures’ and forge a new understanding of science and art.

## The simple reason a viral math equation stumped the internet

When the equation 8÷2(2+2)=? is written properly and includes a multiplication sign before the first bracket, the answer is clear.

## 4 things we’ve learned about math success that might surprise parents

Your cheat sheet for best practices in teaching math at home. Keep it positive and mask your shock when your child tells you there are many ways to multiply numbers.

## The key to fixing the gender gap in math and science: Boost women’s confidence

High school girls who are more confident in their math abilities are more likely to pursue math in college and beyond.

## Celebrating Marion Walter – and other unsung female mathematicians

Women’s History Month is a time to recognize female role models. In mathematics, when we think of powerful women, we should think of Marion Walter.

## These four easy steps can make you a math whiz

Dreading math class as you head back into school? Never fear: Try these tips from famed mathematician George Pólya.

## 20% maths decree sets a dangerous precedent for schooling in South Africa

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.

## Why it doesn’t help – and may harm – to fail pupils with poor maths marks

There’s extensive research evidence to suggest that grade repetition does more harm than good.

## Boredom, alienation and anxiety in the maths classroom? Here’s why

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

## Mastery over mindset: the cost of rolling out a Chinese way of teaching maths

£41m will be spent on ‘mastery learning’ – will it improve learning in primary schools?

## What makes a mathematical genius?

You may have got what it takes to be a mathematical genius without even being aware of it.

## The rush to calculus is bad for students and their futures in STEM

More students are taking Advanced Placement calculus in high school. They may be learning techniques for solving certain problems at the expense of the mathematical foundations they need to advance.

## The Common Core is today’s New Math – which is actually a good thing

Both have been much maligned by parents who felt like they couldn’t help their kids with basic math homework. But the Common Core could help with conceptual understanding and math intuition.

## How to get children to want to do maths outside the classroom

Maths is all around us. Let children hunt for it.

## Don’t freak if you can’t solve a math problem that’s gone viral

People shouldn’t let these tricky puzzlers reinforce their misguided notion that they stink at math.

## It’s often the puzzles that baffle that go viral

Have you heard the one about Cheryl’s birthday? It’s the latest puzzle that’s baffling people across the world.

## More high school science and maths linked to more dropouts

An increase in science and maths requirements in U.S. high schools has lead to higher dropout rates, recent research has…

## Better at reading than maths? Don’t blame it all on your genes

I disliked and feared maths for most of my school career and dropped it as soon as I possibly could. My mother recalls me crying as a five-year-old because: “I can’t do the people-on-the-bus sums”. If…