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Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math, Even if You Don't

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You may be shocked to learn that in America, twenty-four states have no math requirements at all for prospective elementary school teachers. Until states require their teachers to learn more math, parents are their children's primary hope.

Pat Kenschaft, a mathematician and mother of two, believes that although math phobia is rampant, it is unnecessary. With this guide, any
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Paperback, Revised Edition, 336 pages
Published October 3rd 2005 by Plume (first published November 24th 1997)
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Ashley Thompson
This book may have been better divided into separate books, since some of the content is directed towards parents and the rest of it towards educators (although, parents can still gain a lot from that as well, particularly if they want to promote change within their school district).

Despite being published over a decade ago, much of what is presented here about the state of math is still relevant today (aside from Common Core), particularly "Drill and Kill" and standardized testing. I could per
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Jenny
May 30, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This isn't a book you can pick up and read in one sitting, and while written for parents, I would guess that many parents wouldn't read it all. But she raises a lot of good points, particularly about testing and the negative consequences of testing (and this was written BEFORE No Child Left Behind!). I appreciated that while she had plenty of criticism for public education, she tried to treat teachers fairly and point out the many difficulties of being a public school teacher. In addition, I rea ...more
Elena
Feb 12, 2012 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me a different perspective on how best to encourage my kids to enjoy math. Previously, I thought that having my kids to various math problems over & over until they were "comfortable" with it was the best method. The author instead touts giving kids much fewer, but more difficult problems - - and not with the intention that the kids should even get it right, but rather that they are intellectually curious enough to want to try to figure out a solution. Also, she encourages par ...more
Karen
Mar 10, 2014 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while I purchase a book (sight unseen) and say....OH NO! This book will not create any love of math. The Font is too small, the printing is too light, and the text flip flops around. The only math that will be useful is how far you can throw this book. I, a lover of math, am very disappointed by the presentation. Skip this if you are already math shy.
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Recommended to Marie by: "Guerrilla Learning"
Helpful enough that I'm buying a copy.
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20 years old so a little dated in spots but still a great read for parents and teacher's especially of young kids.
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