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From Russia With Math (My Recent Op-Ed in the Jewish Advocate)

As some of you may know, I was deeply affected when watching the recent film Waiting for Superman. The film (by the director of “An Inconvenient Truth”) looks at the state of America’s public education system through the stories of families who due to failing urban schools or tracking in suburban schools are looking for options to give their children a great eduction. … I think the reason I was so moved by the film is the contrast I feel, as a Russian immigrant, between the great prosperity offered by America to those with a great education and the lack of availability of that education in the public system.

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The Myth of the Gender Ability Gap

While the world argues over the cause of the gender achievement gap in math and science, it’s interesting that at RSM there is no gap. There has never been one in fact. Our female students are and have been on completely equal intellectual footing as their male peers.

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Meet our Alumni: 3 RSM Women with a PhD in their sights

Liz Rapoport, Dina Tsukrov, and Rimma Pivovarov began attending RSM at the ages of 11 and 12. They went to camp every year and worked as counselors during their college years. Twelve years later, they’re completing PhD programs at MIT, Einstein, and Columbia Universities! Read an excerpt from their interview below.

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RSM Featured in Article in the Boston Globe

A recent article in the Boston Globe looks at options for Massachusetts parents looking to bolster their children’s math education. RSM is featured through interviews with some of our parents and our founders. It’s an interesting look at what pushes parents to seek after school programs and what alternatives exist in Massachusetts.

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What makes Russian Mathematics special

I was contacted over the summer by Jaraslaw Anders from the US State Department with an interesting question: what differentiates the Russian approach to mathematics from the approach of America and other developed nations. He recently published an interesting article on our conversation.

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Response to the NYT’s: Deficiencies in Public Schools.

A few days ago Professor Stotsky posted an interesting commentary in the New York Time’s opinion page: Deficiencies in Public Schools. Prof Stotsky, pointed to the rise in tutoring as a sign that the public education system is failing our children. I agree with the professor’s assessment, but tutoring is not the answer and has never been RSM’s focus.

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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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