Valentine’s Day – By the Numbers

It’s that time of year again, love is in the air, romance is blossoming, and wallets are opening everywhere. For better or worse, it wouldn't be Valentine’s Day without billions of dollars being spent on flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears, to name just a few. According to the National Retail Federation’s Consumer Spending Survey, Valentine's Day will cost the avera…

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Posted February 14th, 2015

Why Is Math So Darned Hard?

In a recent New York Times Magazine article, Elizabeth Green, author of Building a Better Teacher, explores the question, "Why do Americans stink at math?" That American students -- and, by extension, American adults -- stink at math is fairly well established. Among the evidence that Green provides is the tale of the third-pounder hamburger: "One of the most vivid arit…

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Posted July 28th, 2014

What the New SAT Means for Middle School Students

In March, the College Board announced massive changes to the SAT, a test that millions of college-bound students take each year. Most current high school students will still take the current version of the SAT, with 9th graders having the option of taking either test depending on when they time their testing dates. But today's middle school students will face an entire…

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Posted June 7th, 2014