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    Archive for February, 2016

    Fashionable to be Dumb

    By - 10 Feb 2016

    For much of my life, I’ve been obsessed with gender and mathematics. As a kid I loved when my dad made up math games and riddles, challenging me to come up with solutions. But it was clear to me that not all kids and certainly not all girls shared my love for mathematics. Decades later, the aversion for mathematics that I saw among my girlfriends is replicated in new generations. Already in early grades, girls more often dislike math even when they perform on par with boys. When they grow up, they don’t go into mathematics careers as often as their male peers. As a result, we have fewer women in finance, business, and STEM fields such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Precisely the fields where the greatest opportunities are in today’s technology based society.

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    How far can a “poor” child go?*

    By - 5 Feb 2016

     Written by Emiliana Vegas

    Gustavo Dudamel was five when he already had his own orchestra. He played a vinyl record with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony on his father´s turntable, and waved his arms holding his baton —a piece of wire—, to conduct the dolls that he had carefully arranged around his grandmother´s courtyard. He was as passionate and enthusiastic as he is today conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Read more…