Math Doesn't Suck
How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing your Mind or Breaking A NailBook - 2007
From a well-known actress and math genius--a groundbreaking guide to mathematics for middle school girls, their parents, and educators
As the math education crisis in this country continues to make headlines, research continues to prove that it is in middle school when math scores begin to drop--especially for girls--in large part due to the relentless social conditioning that tells girls they "can't do" math, and that math is "uncool." Young girls today need strong female role models to embrace the idea that it's okay to be smart--in fact, it's sexy to be smart!
It's Danica McKellar's mission to be this role model, and demonstrate on a large scale that math doesn't suck . In this fun and accessible guide, McKellar--dubbed a "math superstar" by The New York Times --gives girls and their parents the tools they need to master the math concepts that confuse middle-schoolers most, including fractions, percentages, pre-algebra, and more. The book features hip, real-world examples, step-by-step instruction, and engaging stories of Danica's own childhood struggles in math (and stardom). In addition, borrowing from the style of today's teen magazines, it even includes a Math Horoscope section, Math Personality Quizzes, and Real-Life Testimonials--ultimately revealing why math is easier and cooler than readers think.
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In a book directed toward girls who are struggling with mathematics, Danica McKellar addresses topics from the seventh grade mathematics curriculum. She explains prime factorization, greatest common factor (greatest common divisor), lowest common multiple (least common multiple), fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, rates, proportions, and linear equations. The primary mathematical focus is on fractions. McKellar explains when two fractions are equivalent; how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions; how to convert between decimals, fractions, and percents; and how to use fractions, decimals, and percents to solve word problems. McKellar also provides guidance about studying, emphasizes the importance of developing a good mind, and encourages girls to persevere when they are struggling, using personal anecdotes and testimonials from other young, successful women who overcame obstacles through hard work and persistence.
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