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Research on How Exercise Improves Brain Functioning

I must admit that I have never been particularly physically fit. As a child I was very active in and thoroughly enjoyed sports, neighborhood games, and so on. But I was also overweight. Now, as a senior citizen, I remain reasonably active, and this includes 30 to 35 minutes on a treadmill four or five days a week.

I recent years I have read a lot of articles and an occasional book about what is being learned about exercise, physical health, and cognitive fitness. The following is a book that I have just started reading on my Kindle:

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Forecasting the Future: Good Education Helps Prepare Students for Their Possible Futures

All of us routinely make forecasts about our possible futures. For example, I wake up in the morning and reach to my dresser top to pick up my glasses. I forecast that they will be where I usually leave them. Once in a great while they have been moved by one of my cats—indeed, may be lying on the floor. Somewhat similarly, I go to my closet and reach for a shirt that I forecast will be there. I put on my shoes and tell my fingers to undertake the somewhat magical process called tying my shoes. I forecast that this tying process will happen correctly. (Sometimes it doesn’t.)

A few minutes later I am reading a newspaper, eating breakfast, and planning my day. That is, I am in the process of creating my future. When I plan and then make decisions about implementing my plans, I forecast that I will successfully carry out my plans. I can analyze possible results of successfully carrying out my plans—that is, making my forecasts come true.

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Thomas Friedman’s Thoughts about Our Educational System

Thomas Friedman is one of my favorite writers and commentators. In his November 20, 2010, OP-Ed column for The New York Times he wrote:

President Obama got this one exactly right when he said that whoever “out-educates us today is going to out-compete us tomorrow.” The bad news is that for years now we’ve been getting out-educated. The good news is that cities, states and the federal government are all fighting back. But have no illusions. We’re in a hole.

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Improving Precollege Math Education: What a University Math Department Can Do

Recently I received an email message that read roughly as follows:

Several of us in our college/university math department are trying to figure out how to undo the harm that is being done in our state by requiring Alg. 1, Geometry, Alg. 2, and some course based on the previous three courses, for ALL HS students.

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Teaching Kids Real Math with Computers (17-minute TED Video)

For most of my professional career I have been advocating major changes in the school math curriculum to better reflect the changes being brought about by computers. In brief summary, much of our school math curriculum content focuses on helping students learn to do by hand the computations and symbol manipulations that computers can do much more rapidly and accurately.

This TED video provides a really neat summary of my thoughts:

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