With Good Reason

Do the Math
April 13th, 2013

Photo courtesy Frank Curran

Photo courtesy Frank Curran

Civil rights activist Bob Moses (The Algebra Project) famously helped organize a voter registration drive in Mississippi that changed the political landscape for the black community. He also believed that something else was necessary for full citizenship in society: math literacy. Oliver Hill (Virginia State University) agrees that learning algebra is a civil right. Also featured: John Nunnery (Old Dominion University) has caught the attention of the White House with his classroom collaboration model that gets children excited about math. And: Rose Asera tells the remarkable story of how Uri Treisman transformed Berkeley’s math program. Plus: Sometimes all it takes to grab kids’ attention is one really good teacher. Dan Meyer (Stanford University) uses video to make math problems real.

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A $25 million federal grant has been awarded to improve math achievement in low-income middle schools across the nation. Ground zero for the program is Blair Middle School in Norfolk, Virginia where students are learning a new way to do math in the classroom. Kelley Libby reports.