If you're the parent of a child who loves math or is curious about math, you may have heard of a competition called Math Kangaroo, an international math contest that takes place on Thursday, March 16th for children in grades 1 through 12. If you haven't registered for this year, there are a few things you might not know about this math contest:

Ah the "holiday week," that time of year between Christmas and New Year's when friends and family are home, and work is either off or light. When daytime traffic is non-existent, and the warmth of being surrounded by loved ones serves as a perfect balance for the frigid temperatures outside.

Problems have a bad rap. Facing a sudden problem disturbs our life routine, takes time and effort from things we like or have to do every day, and forces us to focus on the unpleasantness of solving something difficult in order to remove it and move on.

There is a prevailing public sentiment that math is something to be feared. Many adults readily admit their aversion to the subject, proclaiming a proclivity for literature or the arts instead. This math anxiety begins in childhood, as early as first grade and is compounded through a child's personal history of math fatigue and negative experience in math classes. No adult in their sane mind...

For about 40 years now, the prevailing approach for teaching mathematics has been to break math rules, methods, techniques, and procedures into smaller and smaller pieces, digestible for students within a class period. The assumption is that these spoon-fed pieces will eventually magically connect and unite into a solid and holistic ability to solve complex mathematical problems. The advent...