It's been ten years in the making, but a former California middle-school teacher insists he's found a way to accomplish the unthinkable: getting students to do homework on the weekends--while watching football, on the couch.

Forget about sophisticated graphing calculators. No need to lug giant textbooks home every night--not anymore. With the start of the professional football season less than a week away, veteran math instructor Dan Flockhart says a teacher's best bet for getting students interested in mathematics is football--fantasy football, that is.

Flockhart--who spent several years as a math teacher at...

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