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Abandonment of 8th Grade Algebra Requirements a Disgrace to our Educational System

I was shocked and saddened to see a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News announcing that the state of California would be eliminating its long-standing 8th grade algebra requirements. The reason given was that kids were “not ready” to learn algebra by 8th grade. If they are not ready by 8th grade, when [...]

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Honors Algebra Gets Failing Grade When it Comes to Providing Advanced Math Education

Through the years, we have seen plenty of students with good math grades come to us with significant gaps in their math skills and abilities. In fact, we have built an entire business around providing a rigorous, systematic curriculum that addresses these gaps. But it’s still shocking to see how many high school students in [...]

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Math Anxiety Shown to Activate Brain’s Pain Networks

Even for a swimmer the prospect of having to swim across the ocean would create a great deal of stress – perhaps even enough to trigger physical pain. It’s natural to feel stress and anxiety when we are confronted with tasks that are beyond our abilities. So why should we be surprised at the attached article’s assertion [...]

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RSM Featured in Newton TAB

RSM was profiled in the Newton TAB on February 20, 2013.  The full-page article by Trevor Jones did an excellent job capturing what is special about our math school.  RSM-Newton Principal Ralitsa Dimitrova and some of her 5th graders were featured in photography.  The students who participated in the photo shoot included Maria Bacanurschi, Zandra Baskin, [...]

Deep Practice in Mathematics in Early Years Eliminates Need for SAT Test Prep

In anticipation of the March SAT, high school students all over the country will be scrambling to enroll in SAT prep classes at mass market test prep centers.   Guided by inexperienced teaching staff, some of whom are still in college, these high school students will cram to memorize formulas and learn tricks for attaining a [...]

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International Tests Show US Teens in 25th Place in Math

The latest results from the OECD show that while US teenagers are improving in reading, they continue to lag behind their peers internationally in science and especially in math. On the other hand, Asian countries continue to dominate the test (with a fairly stunning result from China in particular this year).

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Meet Our Parents: Heidi R. Wyle

Education and hard work were my strategies for life. Following Brown, I completed a Ph.D. in Physics at MIT, and later after working for a few years at Westinghouse, I jumped into an M.B.A. program at Harvard which I took to like a fish to water and graduated as a Baker Scholar. During business school, I worked with Chris Gabrieli at Bessemer Venture Partners, and then went on to a fabulous career as a biotechnology executive and entrepreneur.

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RSM’s September Newsletter

The first newsletter of the 2010 – 2011 school year is out. I was fascinated to read the interview with Kent Lucken in our “Meet RSM’s Parents” series and to welcome Ilya Rifkin & Olga Pristin to the RSM team.

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Welcome to the RSM Blog

Welcome to the RSM Blog: a space for our teacher and parent community to speak informally about math education in America and in our own school. We think math (and a strong parent, teacher, student bond) is an essential ingredient as it gives a student the ability to think logically, critically and creatively. We use these same skills to constantly evaluate our own program and the alternatives available in public or private schools.

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