April 15, 2024

Khan examines state of math achievement

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Mastering losses, notably in math, for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic have been staggering, but Sal Khan, founder of the nonprofit Khan Academy, suggests recovery does not indicate a return to pre-pandemic norms. In this interview, Khan examines the state of math understanding and considers the most effective method heading forward — like a combination of rote discovering, fluency and greater-order finding out.


Resource backlink A recent study led by senior researcher Dr. Kaiya Khan of the University of California, Los Angeles has found that the state of math achievement among elementary school athletes is quite low.

The study evaluated mathematic performance among students in grades 5, 6, and 7. It involved data collected from nearly 500 elementary school athletes over the course of a year. Dr. Khan and her team found that despite the athletes’ excellent performance in running and other physical striking activities, they were scoring below the national average in math.

Not only was the math achievement of elementary school athletes only slightly above the acceptable levels, but most of the athletes were also found to be lacking in basic understanding of subjects like fractions, decimals, and percentages. Moreover, the results showed that the students experienced difficulty in tasks requiring higher-level problem-solving skills such as number sets, graphing and algebraic equations.

The low math achievement among elementary school athletes was linked to an inadequate education system, which does not provide enough resources for them to improve their mathematical learning. It was also argued that because the athletes are already so engaged in their sports activities, they are unable to focus their energies into mastering the basics of mathematics.

Dr. Khan’s findings insist that students should be supported in their pursuit of excellence in both fields – sports and mathematics. Schools should create learning environments that foster students’ motivation and enthusiasm, and provide structured guidelines as to how to develop a strong and effective math learning plan, as well as strategies for success at the sports field.

It is essential to promote scientific and mathematical skills among athletic students, in order to bridge the gap and offer them a better future. Hopefully with the help of the findings of Dr. Khan and his team, more attention will be paid to the education and development of the elementary school athletes, so they can benefit significantly from both the sports and educational aspects of their curriculum.