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The Book Show

The Best of Our Knowledge # 896

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Albany, NY – MATH DOESN'T SUCK: HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH -
Math education always draws a great deal of attention in the U.S. and
Canada. Research continues to show it's in middle school when scores
start to drop, especially for girls. Many studies put the blame on relentless
social conditioning that tells girls they can't do math, and that math is
uncool. Young girls need strong women role models in math. And we
found one. Best known for her roles on The West Wing and The Wonder
Years, Danica McKellar is also an internationally recognized mathematician
and advocate for math education. McKellar is a Summa Cum Laude
graduate of UCLA with a degree in mathematics. She's been published in Britain's Journal of Physics for her work in mathematics, most notably, for
her part as co-author of a groundbreaking mathematical physics theorem
which bears her name. McKellar's passion for promoting girls' math
education began seven years ago when she was invited to speak before Congress on the importance of women in math and science. And now
she's written her first book that has a title and theme obviously targeted
towards middle school girls. TBOOK speaks with Danica McKellar.
Glenn Busby reports. (6:52)

**(Attention Program Directors and listeners. To read more about
Math Doesn't Suck go online to: www.mathdoesntsuck.com)**

THE MATHEMATICS SURVIVAL KIT", PT. 2 OF 2 -
Math knowledge is certainly an important currency for the new millennium.
Math literacy is critical for advancing science and technology. And math
is just as important for everyday living...whether it's grocery shopping,
buying a car, or purchasing a house. So if students had a way to help
them get better at math, it would be an invaluable resource. That's where
The Mathematics Survival Kit enters the picture. It's the brain child of
Professor Jack Weiner from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Last week, we spoke with Professor Weiner about the state of math in
North America and about the digital vacuum in many schools. This week,
we conclude our conversation with him by finding out more about the
electronic version, the Maple Edition of his math survival kit, costs
involved, and applicability of this software to other curriculum areas.
Glenn Busby Reports. (10:19)

**(Attention Program Directors and listeners. For those of you who would
like to read more about The Mathematics Survival Kit, or would like to do
an online demonstration, go to: www.mathematicssurvivalkit.ca)**