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Friday, July 25, 2008

Towards Solving the Math-Science Achievement Gap

Dear Team Member:

My attention is drawn to the Math-Science education deficiency in our public school system. There are too many resources and tools at our disposal for us to continue to flounder. But rather than focus on fault and blame, let us get straight to a proposed solution.

Where to Start

Every computer is equipped with an Accessory Calculator: Standard and Scientific. Some students use the Standard Calculator to perform elementary functions, such as add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Few students explore the uses of the Scientific Calculator and the meaning of its many interesting functions.

Here is a good starting point, using what we have, already preinstalled into the computer itself, yet underutilized and unexplored.

We need a math curriculum that matches the function keys of the Scientific Calculator. Students should become proficient with this free math tool.

Changing Times and Technology

Students can now use handheld calculators on SAT, ACT, AP testing. But by the time students learn of these tools, it’s too late to master. Therefore, most students learn only the elementary functions, and loose out on advanced challenges that puts them into the competitive global arena.

After a 10-year search for the best educational tools in the field of Math and Science, there is none better that the Texas Instrument Math-Science curriculum.

Elementary Mathematics

Middle Grades Mathematics





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The Urban Scientist said...

The Math-Science Achievement gap is a serious issue. I've posted on it too.

Christina Springer said...

Thanks for these resources Eddie! Because my husband is a software engineer and math lover - I've been complacent about my son's maths education. Already - at five - my son demonstrates a intuitive understanding of complex patterns and numerical fluidity. So, I've been hands off. But, now, I can work alongside of him.

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