October 24, 2013 |
NEW YORK - When Prince William and Kate Middleton had their baby, Colleen Ritzer quipped on Twitter: "A new royal baby boy! I hope he likes math!" She no doubt meant it. Ritzer, a 24-year-old math teacher, adored her subject, and she had a knack for passing on that enthusiasm to students at Danvers High School, where she was in her second year of teaching. One of those students, Philip Chism, 14, faces a murder charge in the slaying of the popular teacher, a crime that has shaken Ritzer's close-knit circle of friends, family and the Massachusetts town where she made her mark.
October 12, 2013 |
Six weeks ago, Alterraun Verner had no guarantees he'd be a starting cornerback for the Tennessee Titans. Today, he's made as big an impact as any defensive player in the NFL. What are the odds of that? Actually, Verner could calculate those for you. He was a math major at UCLA who went back to school a year after he was drafted and finished his degree. "I wanted to knock it out as soon as I could," Verner said by phone this week, during a break from preparations for Sunday's game at Seattle.
October 7, 2013 |
"Peg + Cat," pronounced "Peg Plus Cat," a new, math-themed cartoon, will be added Monday to PBS Kids, the preschool lineup that already includes "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That" and "Curious George. " (Added - get it?) It is the perky product of a collaboration between Billy Aronson ("Postcards From Buster") and Jennifer Oxley (the super-superb "Wonder Pets") and comes from the Fred Rogers Co., which is not quite the same thing as saying that Mr. Rogers made it. But it's as close as you're going to get anymore.
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September 29, 2013 |
The average SAT scores for the high school class of 2013 remained stagnant from the previous year and fewer than half of the students who graduated were prepared for the rigors of college, officials said. Average SAT scores for high school seniors nationwide stayed steady in reading, math and writing, according to a report released last week by the College Board, the New York-based nonprofit that administers the SAT and Advanced Placement program. The combined average SAT score of 1498 was the same as last year; a perfect score on the three-section test is 2400.
September 27, 2013 |
Megumi Sasaki's follow-up to her first documentary, 2008's "Herb & Dorothy," is as engaging and unpretentious as its subjects, the Manhattan couple who became unlikely benefactors of Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery of Art. "Herb & Dorothy 50x50" chronicles the closing chapter in their life as collectors, at the same time shedding light on the challenging proposition of running a museum outside major-city art hubs. Lifelong civil servants who shared a one-bedroom apartment with a few cats and turtles, Herbert and Dorothy Vogel amassed one of the most important collections of minimalist and conceptual art ever assembled.
September 8, 2013 |
I kicked butt in basic math. No kidding, sabermetric lovers, I was a star. Would take those national math tests, score in the 98 percentile and take bows as my name was read aloud to my awed middle school classmates. Then I went to high school and took algebra, and that was the end of my stardom and the beginning of hiding in the back of class. Still, I need only call on those pre-high school skills to formulate that Matt Kemp is about out of time. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly told reporters in Cincinnati before Sunday night's game against the Reds that Stan Conte, the team's vice president of medical services, said Kemp will need at least 10 more days to be ready for a game.