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Most Important Articles for new Visitors to this Blog

  1. Raising our Children – American Society Reflects our Values and Choices
  2. SMUHSD Class Sign-up Time – Please Read This First!
  3. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  4. Never Believe Educational Experts (or Me)!
  5. “Mutual Assured Destruction”
  6. Critical School Reopening Issues from the SMUHSD Board Meeting
  7. My SMUHSD Board Report on NGSS – A Lot of People of Good Will Trying to Deal with a Tough Problem
  8. Will “Online Learning” Work?
  9. Info from UC Berkeley confirms why students should not skip from Precalculus to Calculus BC
  10. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  11. Why Can’t We Teach Mathematics Properly?
  12. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum
  13. How Students are “Accelerating” in Math at Aragon
  14. How to Interest Kids in Science, Engineering, and Math
  15. How to Get in to Harvard

Recent Topics

(Click on any topic title below for all articles in that category in reverse chronological order – only the most recent or important articles are listed below)

Current Topics

  1. Healing our Country – Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine

Education News

  1. ALERT – “Draft California Mathematics Framework Shortchanges STEM”
  2. The Local Math Wars Begin *Again* – Part 2
  3. The Local Math Wars Begin *Again*
  4. “Private Schools Are Indefensible” and a Speech for my Daughter’s Wedding
  5. Critical School Reopening Issues from the SMUHSD Board Meeting
  6. Comments Following the 6/25 SMUHSD Board Meeting
  7. The Best Way to Resolve the Health Controversy Around School Reopening
  8. The Mental Health Issues Involved with Distance Learning
  9. Board Agenda Posted and a Letter from San Mateo High School Teachers to Parents
  10. Reopening News from the SMUHSD Superintendent
  11. Start Normal? Take a Closer Look…
  12. The SMUHSD “Remote Learning” Problems of Spring 2020 are NOT Indicative of the Future
  13. A Way Out of the School Reopening Morass??

Issues in Teaching Mathematics     

  1. ALERT – “Draft California Mathematics Framework Shortchanges STEM”
  2. The Local Math Wars Begin *Again* – Part 2
  3. The Local Math Wars Begin *Again*
  4. A Result to Inspire Women in Mathematics!
  5. Guest Article: Why I Oppose the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
  6. Why a “Sage on the Stage” in a Classroom is not always a Bad Thing
  7. Senior Dilemma: What to Take – AP Statistics or Calculus BC?
  8. Aragon Accelerated Math Class Drop Rate Controversy Has Been Resolved
  9. Alarmingly High Drop Rate for Aragon’s Accelerated Math Classes??
  10. How Students are “Accelerating” in Math at Aragon
  11. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 2 – AP Statistics
  12. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 1 – Precalculus (with an aside on Multivariable Calculus)
  13. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  14. Why is 10^0 = 1 ???
  15. Why Can’t We Teach Mathematics Properly?

AP Class Crisis

  1. Help for AP Physics Students during the Pandemic
  2. UPDATE on AP Exam Uploading Issues
  3. AP Exam takers lost network connectivity in some cases !!!
  4. SMUHSD Class Sign-up Time – Please Read This First!
  5. Prepared?
  6. Raising our Children – American Society Reflects our Values and Choices
  7. 2019-2020 High School Class Sign-up Time – Please Read This Article First!
  8. Senior Dilemma: What to Take – AP Statistics or Calculus BC?

College Admissions

  1. How to get in to Harvard
  2. How the College Admissions Scandal was Uncovered
  3. SAT Test Prep Recommendations

Top Ten Most Read Articles

  1. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  2. Senior Dilemma: What to Take – AP Statistics or Calculus BC?
  3. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  4. Guest Article: Why I Oppose the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
  5. SMUHSD Debating a Change to a Quarter System?
  6. The SMUHSD “Remote Learning” Problems of Spring 2020 are NOT Indicative of the Future
  7. Info from UC Berkeley confirms why students should not skip from Precalculus to Calculus BC
  8. Critical Warnings re AP Classes
  9. A Way Out of the School Reopening Morass??
  10. Why Can’t We Teach Mathematics Properly?

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Author: David Kristofferson

Retired scientist, teacher, bioinformatician, IT director, software product manager, AAAS Fellow, avid cyclist (7690 miles and 724,300 feet of climbing in 2015), backpacker, you name it! Current avocation is tutoring high school students near San Mateo, CA in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Please see the Bio link in the right sidebar for my detailed background information.