Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Question From The USSR Olympiad Problem Book; Updated With Solution

A few days ago I posted on a problem (Problem 4(a) on Page 7) from the very nice The USSR Olympiad Problem Book, by D.O. Shklarsky, N.N. Chentzov, and I.M. Yaglom: We are given 80 coins of the same denomination; … Continue reading

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The Wealthy And Powerful Have Ruined The Economy; Now They’ve Turned Their Attention To Education

Diane Ravitch reviews two new books on the current “crisis” in education in the New York Review of Books (hat tip to Susan Ohanian, who has a very interesting site devoted to education here; incidentally, Ms. Ohanian is married to … Continue reading

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An Education Lesson From Wendell Berry

A review by Jim Powell of two recent books by Wendell Berry can be found here. A quoted fragment of one of his poems will give you a sense for Berry’s worldview: Ceaseless preparation for war is not peace. Health … Continue reading

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A Question From The USSR Olympiad Problem Book

I just picked up a copy of The USSR Olympiad Problem Book, by D.O. Shklarsky, N.N. Chentzov, and I.M. Yaglom, and it looks delightful. The book’s foreword states that it is intended for high-school students, although outstanding middle-school students might … Continue reading

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