Educational Technology

March 27, 2012

How About a New Mathematics Curriculum?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Max Sauberman, Milburn-ShortHills Patch

When the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the results of its 2009 PISA (Program for International Students Assessment) exam of 15-year-old students, American math scores were dismal. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called these results a “wake-up call,” since our average math scores placed us below 30 other countries. The average, of course, does not represent Millburn, but the warning still carries weight. The Internet offers a solution to improve learning. Khan Academy leads the way. Founded by its only faculty, Mr. Salman Khan, the Khan Academy (KA, is a free, online educational resource with a library of 2800+ videos. KA covers the core math subjects: arithmetic, geometry, algebra, trigonometry, precalculus (is that really a subject?), calculus, statistics, through linear algebra—everything from 1+1 = 2 to sin2(x)+cos2(x) = 1 to e^iπ+1 = 0.

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