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The Hindu : Life & Style / Kids : Celebrating Pi day


I know one more person that is also a Pi (born on 3.14).  I happen to be a couple decimal points ahead on the number line. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 since the day is denoted as 3/14 in the month-day format. Most of you know that the ratio of the circumference to the […]

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Devlin’s Angle: The First Arithmetic Textbook in the Western World


Liber abbaci, completed in 1202, was the first comprehensive description of modern arithmetic (using the Hindu-Arabic numerals, decimal place-value representations of numbers, and the basic arithmetic algorithms we all learn in school) in the western world. via Devlin’s Angle: The First Arithmetic Textbook in the Western World.

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A Highlight from “Multiple Perspectives on Mathematics Teaching and Learning (International Perspectives on Mathematics Education, V. 1)”


The seemingly contradictory discourse of competition, markets, and choice on the one hand and accountability, performance objectives, standards, national testing, and national curriculum have created such a din that it is hard to hear anything else. As I have shown in Cultural Politics and Education (Apple, 1996), these tendencies oddly reinforce each other and help […]

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Teacher Tenure, other Debates, and Travelling Reforms


There is no question that ‘Teacher Tenure’ is becoming a hot political issue in the United States, and one which is worth following to develop some insights about the workings of political economy of education in the US.  In the 1990s, various factions in the U.S. were engaged in heated arguments over curriculum and standards.  There were […]

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