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Stanford online course free for teachers, parents: Helping students to love math

July 1, 2013View for printing

Already some 20,000 people have enrolled in a free online class, beginning July 15, that offers a new approach to engaging students in mathematics.

The 18 freshmen in Professor Jo Boaler's seminar had demonstrated the academic promise needed to gain admission to Stanford, so it was striking that they shared a similar fear: mathematics.

"I subconsciously thought either you were or you weren't good at math," said one student, Chloe Colberg, echoing the views of many in the class. Indeed, that notion prevails in schools across the nation, and Boaler, a professor of education, has made it her mission to change that attitude.

By Jonathan Rabinovitz

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