There is a quick, interesting article at the Time Ideas website on how some schools are able to produce an exceptional number of highly skilled math students – particularly female math students. The article by Annie Murphy Paul (who has an engrossing blog, here) explains how more than good curriculum or technology are needed for excellence. Paul points to two factors: expectations and environment. She argues these two factors are essential for leading students to achievement – even when they come to school with all sorts of advantages already in place. Read the whole article here.
Superschools: Creating an Environment of Achievement