America’s struggle to make math fun

Pity poor math. In the American drive to boost science and math education, it’s science that has all the kid-friendly sizzle: Robots and roller coasters, foaming chemical reactions, marshmallow air cannons, Reuters reports. Math has… well, numbers.
“America has a cultural problem with math. It’s the subject, more than any other, that we as a country love to hate,” said Glen Whitney, a passionate mathematician who worked for years developing algorithms for hedge funds. “We don’t see it as dynamic. It’s rote and boring and done by dead Greek guys a thousand years ago.”
A brave group of educators and entrepreneurs think they can change that. With games and competitions, museums and traveling road shows – and a strategic sprinkling of celebrities – they aim to make math engaging, exciting and even fun…

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