This Question on a Math Test is Really Homophobic (Also, I Solved It)

For some reason, when a teacher handed out a math test at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe, England, there was a strange bit of homophobic editorializing in one of the questions:

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Math Is the New Terrorism

Via CBS and the Associated Press:

An Ivy League professor said his flight was delayed because a fellow passenger thought the math equations he was writing might be a sign he was a terrorist. American Airlines confirms that the woman expressed suspicions about University of Pennsylvania economics professor Guido Menzio. … CBS Philadelphia reports the woman was sitting right next to Menzio and became alarmed when she looked over and saw him trying to relax by doing math.

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The Battle Over What Students Should Be Taught in Their Math Classes Rages On

Following up on what I wrote a couple of weeks ago, there’s still a lot of debate among the math educators I know about Professor Andrew Hacker‘s new book The Math Myth.

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Hacker doesn’t think we should burden kids with algebra and higher-level math classes in high school because most won’t use it later in life. He’d prefer teachers stick to the basics, the things you need to know to do your taxes and plan a budget and… basically all the things computers can already do. Only students who need to specialize in math for their careers, he says, ought to take classes like trigonometry and calculus.

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Why This Pi Day is Better Than the Last One

Vi Hart reminds us that this year’s Pi Day (3/14/16) is *way* more impressive than last year’s Pi Day (3/14/15).

Even though the whole celebration of Pi is a sham.

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West Virginia School Board Candidates Debate Teaching Creationism; This District is Doomed

The Putnam County Board of Education in West Virginia will have two open seats in the upcoming election, and three of the candidates vying for those spots participated in a forum last night for the editors of the Gazette-Mail.

For some reason, the topic of evolution vs. Creationism came up. And none of the three men — Bruce Knell, Sam Sentelle (incumbent), and Jack Coyner (incumbent) — took a firm stand on the side of science:

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