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Math Confused as Terrorism Halts American Airlines Flight

 

Professor Guido Menzio - an Italian economist - says his flight was delayed after a fellow passenger saw him working on a differential equation and alerted the cabin crew.  He wrote:

It's a bit funny. It's a bit worrisome. The lady just looked at me, looked at my writing of mysterious formulae, and concluded I was up to no good.  Because of that an entire flight was delayed.

 

Please see more on this story here.

WATCH: Ohio woman’s tutorial on "Common Core" Math will give you a headache!

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Meet Melissa Strzala, whose hilarious video posted to Facebook explaining how common core math works has gone viral with over 7 million views in the past few days. 

Who knew solving 43-13 was so complicated?

 

 

 

 

Math Humor: Zachary and the "Plus Sign"

 

Little Zachary was doing poorly in math. His parents, after exhausting all other incentives, finally decided to enroll him in the local Catholic School. After the first day, Little Zachary came home with a very serious look on his face. He went straight to his room and started studying. This continued for some time. His mother was baffled as to why he had become so dedicated. 

Finally, Little Zachary brought home his report card. He quietly laid it on the table and went to his room to study. With great trepidation, his mother looked at it and, to her surprise, Little Zachary got an "A" in math. She asked, "Son, what was it? Was it the nuns, the books, the discipline, the uniforms?" 

Little Zachary said, "No!" 

"What was it?" she asked. 

Little Zachary looked at her and said, "Well, on the first day of school, when I saw that guy nailed to the Plus Sign, I knew they weren't fooling around." 

Chinese Immigrant Mother Against "Common Core"

I have written about Common Core  from a mathematics education perspective.  Hence, it's very intriguing to listen to what Mrs. Lily Tang Williams has to say about Common Core from a political perspective.

Math Jokes: Courtesy of the mainstream media

As funny as this image from a Facebook post is, the comments were even more hilarious!  Here are just a few of them: 

I guess i'm moving to Kentucky then...

is it really if so i would so move there

Math is a gateway drug. It leads to Science and Critical Thinking. 

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Well, if it is common core math...I don't blame them!

This story doesn't add up

They need to get this under control before it escalates and the problem multiplies!

I just finished doing some math. Should I turn myself in?

This is your brain on MATH..... ANY QUESTIONS?????

Somehow it just doesn't ADD UP 

I hate those lawless common denominators!

They went on to bust a spelling bee!

Must have been a common core math lab.......

Comments such as the above, are why I tell my MathQED team not to take it personally that we are having an uphill struggle getting kids excited about math and math applications in their everyday lives. As funny as these comments are, they illustrate the deep-seated disgust and fear of mathematics in the U.S.  

However, on a brighter note, we are in discussions with a few foundations, and techies from Silicon Valley who know there is a serious math problem in this country and want to join forces to do something about it before it's too late!

Trick or Treat: 5+5+5=15 is wrong according to Common Core

 

Parents are venting their outrage at the Common Core school standards over a math quiz that was posted online, showing how teachers are marking students down even for correct answers. 

 

The quiz, posted to Reddit, shows how a teacher marked two questions as incorrect on a third-grader's math quiz, despite the student finding the solution to the problem. 

 

Apparently, the reason for the deduction had to do with the petty fact of exactly how the student found the answer. 

 

Please learn more about Common Core math herehere, here and here.

The assignment’s second question, which similarly asks the student to use “repeated addition” to solve 4×6, is also marked wrong despite being correct.
The assignment’s second question, which similarly asks the student to use “repeated addition” to solve 4×6, is also marked wrong despite being correct.
The assignment’s second question, which similarly asks the student to use “repeated addition” to solve 4×6, is also marked wrong despite being correct.

U.S. Common Core Math: How "Addition" is Taught in 46 States

 

 

I ran into a young mother this weekend who is literally pulling her hair out over the U.S. Common Core math standards.  To help me better understand her dilemma, she suggested I take a look at the video clip above.  It illustrates how Common Core "addition" is currently taught in 46 states. 

Please see more about Common Core here and here.

Reuters: MathQED (website dedicated to helping students with math)

 

 

 

We're very happy to learn that hundreds of news outlets picked up our story about MathQED: Reuters, Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch, Platts,.... This media attention is very much appreciated and needed to combat innumeracy - the mathematical equivalent of illiteracy!  

Please learn more about MathQED on our Indiegogo page: http://bit.ly/1ZLCpln

U.S.A. Wins Mathematics Olympiad For First Time In 21 Years!!!

Head coach Po-Shen Loh (far left) and assistant coaches John Berman and Alex Zhai (far right) flank the members of the winning squad: Shyam Narayanan, David Stoner, Michael Kural, Ryan Alweiss, Yang Liu and Allen Liu.

Head coach Po-Shen Loh (far left) and assistant coaches John Berman

and Alex Zhai (far right) flank the members of the winning squad:

Shyam Narayanan, David Stoner, Michael Kural, Ryan Alweiss,

Yang Liu and Allen Liu.

Courtesy of Po-Shen Loh

(NPR) In one of this year's most intense international competitions, the United States has come out as best in the world — and this time, we're not talking about soccer.

 

This week, the top-ranked math students from high schools around the country went head-to-head with competitors from more than 100 countries at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Chiang Mai, Thailand. And, for the first time in more than two decades, they won!

What a great achievement.  Kudos to these young mathematicians!

John Urschel: NFL Pro Footballer & Math Scholar

John Urschel, an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, recently co-authored a paper in the Journal of Computational Mathematics.  It is titled "A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians".

Please learn more about Mr. Urschel in Bloomberg.

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