The Math Woes of Parents and Children

Just as I finished working with a physics student at the library this week, the March 19th issue of Maclean’s magazine caught my attention. The cover story was about widespread grief experienced by Canadian parents whose children are struggling with math. It’s a very good article that explains how well-intended curriculum changes have resulted in students having to spend a distubing amount of time receiving after-school help just to learn basic arithmetic. The only students I see are the ones I work with so I had no idea how widespread the problem is.

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