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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: JAIME ALFONSO ESCALANTE GUTIERREZ (1930)


Jaime Alfonso Escalante Gutierrez (1930)

The subject of the acclaimed 1988 film Stand and Deliver, Escalante was a math teacher who, with his unconventional teaching style, dedication, and complete faith in his students’ potential, created a successful advanced placement—or college level—calculus program at a high school in a poor East Los Angeles neighborhood. In 1982, when 18 of his students received perfect or near-perfect scores on a national exam, they were accused of cheating. What happened when 12 retook the test? More… Discuss

 

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EXERCISE GETS KIDS’ BRAINS IN GEAR


Exercise Gets Kids’ Brains in Gear

Researchers have found another reason for kids to exercise—it is good for their brains. A recent study has found that children who get regular exercise perform better academically. Researchers found that for every 15 minutes of daily exercise, performance in subjects like English, math, and science increases by an average of about a quarter of a grade. While most youngsters involved in the study exercised far less than the recommended 60 minutes a day, if they did, they could improve their academic performance by as much as a full letter gradeMore…

Today’s Birthday: Pierre De Fermat


Pierre de Fermat (1601)

A founder of modern probability theory and number theory, Fermat was a French jurist and amateur mathematician. A contemporary of Descartes, he independently discovered the basic principles of analytic geometry. Yet he is best remembered for the assertion now known as Fermat’s Last Theorem, which he scribbled in the margin of a book along with a note stating that he could have shown it to be true but lacked the room in which to write the proof. For how many years did the theorem remain unproven? More… Discuss