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Think You've Got Problems?

Math education is anything but boring. Not unlike philosophy or art, it requires deep thought and debate. It is visual and provoking. And it is also a subject that should spark lively classroom discussion. When students are taught math this way, they find it more compelling, and naturally develop a deeper understanding of the subject.

On Grade Inflation, Harvard Gets an F

Harvard University Massachusetts Hall
Last week, NPR interviewed Harvard Professor Harvey Mansfield on the university's notorious propensity to inflate grades. Apparently, the most frequent grade awarded at one of the nation's most competitive schools is an A. The reason? Harvard students are overachievers, and if professors award them an A- or less, these students will suffer a mental breakdown. What’s more, since everyone is doing their best, there's no need to create disappointment. 
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