mathematics http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Why Saying ‘I’m Not A Math Person’ Can Be Harmful, Efforts To Improve Math Literacy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-saying-i-m-not-math-person-can-be-harmful-efforts-improve-math-literacy <p>For years, the three R’s of a basic education have been <em>r</em>eading, w<em>r</em>iting and a<em>r</em>ithmetic.</p><p>While there are some indications that American students are faltering in reading and writing, especially worrisome is arithmetic.</p><p>Among the world’s industrialized nations, the United States is far down the list on math proficiency and math literacy, well behind such countries as Liechtenstein and Slovakia.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:34:41 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 25277 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Saying ‘I’m Not A Math Person’ Can Be Harmful, Efforts To Improve Math Literacy New Illinois law subtracts superintendents, adds to math curriculum http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-illinois-law-subtracts-superintendents-adds-math-curriculum <p>Illinois will trim the number of regional superintendent offices and high schools will look at beefing up math for students.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn signed four education bills Monday, including one that cuts superintendent offices from 44 to 35.</p><p>Regional superintendents have often been a target for officials looking to cut spending. Last year Quinn proposed eliminating them, but legislators instead shifted their funding from state to local money. The new law reduces overall cost.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 21:02:33 +0000 The Associated Press 3980 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Illinois law subtracts superintendents, adds to math curriculum Illinois legislators debate four-year math requirement for high school students http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-legislators-debate-four-year-math-requirement-high-school-students <p><em>Reporting from Rachel Otwell of WUIS used in this report. </em></p><p>Illinois state legislators are pushing to tack on a year of math for high school students. But not everyone thinks that&#39;s a good idea.</p><p>Backers say requiring four years of math instead of the current three will prepare students going into skilled labor and science and engineering fields.</p><p>But, state Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, R-Okawville, says tacking on a year of math won&#39;t necessarily be beneficial.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:11:22 +0000 WUIS 3155 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois legislators debate four-year math requirement for high school students