California’s proposed new math curriculum defies logic

While many people complain about the ideological biases in the California Department of Education’s proposal to revolutionize the state mathematics curriculum, that’s not the main problem. This plan has fundamental issues of concern and will do no child any good.

It is irresponsible to make the entire state a laboratory for very controversial educational theories, and to do this without any review by the mathematics community. Public education should equip all students with logic and abstract-thinking skills. Even if you don’t remember the quadratic formula, the process of learning it made you a clearer thinker. That’s how the entire world teaches math. 

Most countries, from Singapore to Zimbabwe, require three or more years of algebra-based classes, five for students seeking careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Yet the proposed California Math Framework deprives students of opportunities to take deep algebra-based classes, and worse, is based on teaching materials

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5 creative, kid-friendly ways to repurpose your old iPad

You can turn your old iPad into a smart home hub that works like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. 

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There’s a rumor that the new iPad Mini 6 is coming this fall, just in time for the holiday season. It’s expected to have a USB-C port, a Smart Connector for keyboard attachments and other features similar to an iPad Air’s. The newest version will likely be on your kid’s wish list (and maybe yours, too), so what does that mean for the old one? Maybe it’s time to sell it for some extra cash or stuff it in a drawer hoping it will come in handy one day. (If you do decide to sell, we have a handy guide on the best places to sell your old electronics.) 

Or maybe you can turn it into a smart home gadget for the kids. Did you know that

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science-fiction at its most majestic, unsettling and enveloping

  • Cert tbc, 155 min. Dir: Denis Villeneuve

An adult human body is 60 per cent water. But the audience leaving Friday morning’s Venice Film Festival screening of Dune were, by this critic’s reckoning, around 90 per cent goosebump. This new adaptation of the 1965 Frank Herbert novel from Denis Villeneuve, the director of Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, is science-fiction at its most majestic, unsettling and enveloping. Watching it feels like wandering through some enormous, otherworldly structure built in honour of higher powers you’ve never heard of – and, from the look of the place, rather hope don’t actually exist. 

The first panel of a proposed epic diptych, it concludes almost exactly halfway through the plot of Herbert’s novel – though by its end, seeing the story completed feels less urgent than the prospect of just spending even more time in the extraordinary world created by Villeneuve and his collaborators.

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