Are Men Better at Math?

Mathematical Data: Women vs. Men A common misconception among students is that girls are bad at math. Indeed, most of my female students have heard this, but it’s not the whole story. Take a look at this data plot. The reality is, at the extremes, men outperform. At the extremes. In other words at the … Read more

Pushing our Bottoms into Teaching Positions

Falling and Failing by pushing our bottom third into teaching. According to McKinsey and Co., Finland, Singapore and South Korea have 100% of their incoming teachers coming from the top 1/3 of their college classes. The US . . . has a dismal 23%. Over 47% of our teachers graduate in the bottom third of … Read more

Students and Self Esteem

Excuses: a fun look at failure This is the abbreviated version of a Saturday Night Live skit (Basement Karate – Bryan Cranston). What was so striking was the little boy’s reaction to getting shellacked by his old man. I have heard some of the exact same phrases out of my GMAT students…. I know, I … Read more

Super Stars – Peak Years

Peak Years and Influence In an effort to determine the validity of my hypothesis about peak years I’ve scanned through high school data as I get my hands on it . . . turns out it is not so straight forward to get high schools to share their information. It has been even more difficult … Read more

Basic Economics

Powerful Lessons, Perverted It is difficult to find a text to ignite enthusiasm for basic economics. Lack of training in the basics leads to all sorts of perverse incentives when it’s time to vote . . . but if you really reconsider the fairy tales we gave you as a child you may see the … Read more