Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Algebra Is A Metaphor For Tween Angst

BERKELEY, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Kids, you may think algebra is boring, but one author thinks math equations could be the key to your ever-present tween angst.

That’s the formula from author Wendy Lichtman, who has just written a book titled, Do The Math: Secrets, Lies, And Algebra (Greenwillow Books), about a young girl’s life and how she relates her problems to algebra equations.

Not every kid may have the same problems as the tween in the book, but Lichtman believes every tween can use her story to start caring about math while still solving their typical, everyday problems.

Says Lichtman: “Whether it’s in math or real life, kids are going to have to deal with unexpected variables that test their patience and make problems harder to solve. Algebra, with its random X’s and unknowns, is like a metaphor for life.”

So far, the response to Lichtman’s story has been positive, and she hopes to eventually get the book into algebra classrooms.

She says, “Math teachers love this book because it gets under the radar of those students who think they hate math, but love a good story. It’s algebra with a juicy backstory, and it’ll teach kids about linear equations, which they need to know so the cell phone company won’t rip them off!”

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