I haven’t written for quite a while due to various family obligations, but was very happy when Mental Floss asked me to write about math anxiety. The last time I wrote for them was about the incredible Rosalind Franklin (and for some reason didn’t promote that).
Category Archives: Promotion
I have a story in The Atlantic today on the apparently never-ending debate over whether kids should learn more than arithmetic. If you had told me 10 years ago I would be championing algebra, even calculus, I would have laughed. But here I am. I also eat cauliflower fairly regularly (when I find the fractal ones), so I have become one of THOSE PEOPLE.
Team USA did very well this year at the European Girls Math Olympiad, and I had the honor of interviewing several team members and the coaches for an Atlantic story. Here’s hoping contests like EGMO keep spreading and growing, and that girls continue embracing math.
I have another essay in the Washington Post today, this one on the challenges of finding elder home care. The apocalypse may be upon us by the time I turn 90, so I really don’t know how I can plan for this, but I will try!
Also, here is my last story on word problems for Noodle, which sadly decided to stop running editorial content this month. Oh well, it was a fun run. Thanks, Noodle!
I am so happy to start the new year with a story in The Atlantic, a magazine I’ve wanted to write for for a long time. The piece is on early math education reforms, and to my mind goes a long way to explaining our awful attitudes toward math today. Thankfully we’re changing that, though. Another article I wrote for Noodle on math apps is all about encouraging kids to love numbers.
The MAA’s calculus study continues to inspire stories, and I just wrote this one for Noodle. It’s a more straightforward, not at all personal take, unlike last week’s for the AMS.