My math career had an inauspicious start. In elementary school, I was removed from the class at math time, so I didn’t “slow everyone else…

# How helping kids with their math homework can make them worse off

It’s understandable that parents worry about their children’s math performance, even at a very young age, and that they try to help. But they may…

# The most useful class you’ll take in college is not science, math or economics

When tuition-paying parents ask themselves what courses at the small liberal arts college where I teach will best prepare their child for the real world,…

# American teens won the International Mathematical Olympiad for the first time in two decades

For all the talk of Americans’ lagging math scores compared to other countries, there are at least six Americans who can say they’re the best…

# Teach kids money-management, not just abstract math

Americans are severely lacking when it comes to financial literacy. Right before the global financial crisis of 2008, economists were shocked by the lack of…

# The reason it’s so darn hard to solve those “viral” math problems for 10-year-olds

It’s been quite a year for mathematics problems on the internet. In the last few months, three questions have been online everywhere, causing consternation and…

# Richard Thaler on misbehavior, tipping, and economists as failed mathematicians

Richard Thaler spent most of his career as an academic outsider. And along the way, he became one of the founding fathers of a once-obscure…

# Princeton mathematician John Nash and his wife, Alicia, are killed in a car accident

Princeton University mathematician John Nash Jr. and his wife, Alicia Nash, were killed in a car accident Saturday (May 23) when the taxi they were…

# America’s best teachers use theater and rap to make kids like math

The typical image of math and science teachers is something of a boring, humorless bookworm. But as it turns out, the best American teachers in…

# Modi’s math is wrong: Only 8% of projects are actually held up because of land acquisition

This post has been updated with a new chart. On April 28, Reliance Power announced it would abandon plans to build a Rs36,000 crore ($5.6…

# The simple math that will change the way you hire forever

This piece originally appeared at First Round Review. Eric Feng made a lot happen at Hulu in just three years. As the first senior executive…

# Quartz Daily Brief—Asia edition—Nepal aftermath, Apple earnings, Abe in America, triceratops

What to watch for today Intense rescue and rebuilding efforts in the wake of the major earthquake that hit Nepal. The death toll from Saturday’s…

# The music industry has a math problem

The standard music superstar critique of services like Pandora and Spotify (there have been a lot of them lately) goes something like this: My song…

# Goodbye, math and history: Finland wants to abandon teaching subjects at school

Finland already has one of the best school education systems. It always ranks near the top in mathematics, reading, and science in the prestigious PISA…

# Economics papers have been getting a whole lot math-ier

If you spend a lot of time reading economics papers—and who doesn’t?—you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot more equations and charts between the…

# Survey: Americans care more about kids being good communicators than mathematicians

Bettering math and science education might be a priority for US president Barack Obama’s administration, but Americans overwhelmingly think the most important skill for children…

# Don’t just read to your kids at night, do math with them, too. They’ll thank you later

College-educated people aren’t afraid to read. When they open a newspaper article or blog post, they assume they’ll be able to read it. That’s because…

# Mathematicians have finally figured out how to tell correlation from causation

Untangling cause and effect can be devilishly difficult. Imagine a small town on the plains. Every day, the windmills would spin, and the wind would…

# The mathematical mess of Indian schools: four teachers for 700 students

Pinky Bhan, 14, is the first woman in her family to go to school. Her parents, who are daily wage labourers earning less than $60…

# This week’s top new iPhone app is helping kids cheat on their math homework

The hottest recent iPhone app debut isn’t about photo sharing or social networking: PhotoMath, which just launched last week, uses an iPhone’s camera to read…

# This app will help kids cheat on math tests

“Show your work” has long been the math teacher’s mantra. Making students write down each step of a math problem prevents them from merely flipping…

# Let’s do some math on Ebola before we start quarantining people

This item has been corrected. One of your relatives tests positive for Ebola at a US airport. You’ve watched “Fox & Friends,” so you know…

# If you’re bad at math, blame your parents

The idea that children can inherit the ability to get good results at school can spark heated debate. But, put simply, all this means is…

# The best way to teach kids math is not in a classroom

As a semi-retired engineer, I often lament efforts to remove shop, technical drawing and other hands-on classes from students’ schedules when they might otherwise understand…