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A recent New York Times article made a splash when it cited research showing that math-anxious parents who try to help their kids with math homework are doing more harm than good. They are transmitting their own anxiety to their children, and the result is poor grades. Furthermore, parents don’t even have to help with […]

The Problem with Word Problems Word problems are hard. Word problems are confusing. Kids hate word problems. Why? A student’s first experience with word problems is often overwhelming. They are used to seeing straightforward problems such as “3 + 8 = ?” or “121 ÷ 11 = ?”. Then we throw long-winded sentences at them […]