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I was always a lousy math student — and apparently, I wasn’t alone. Our higher-education reporter, Max Filby, writes that many Miami Valley colleges are working hard to make math more accessible and easier to master.

He writes: “College math classes have long been seen as a ‘filter’ or a ‘weed out’ course for students seeking a degree, administrators from colleges throughout the Miami Valley said. … But over the last decade or so, colleges have sought to remove a roadblock that has prevented many students from getting into the career of their dreams. Some have rearranged their curriculum while others have increased tutoring and support for students.”

From Pat Buchanan: ‘Forever’ wars can kill republics.

What works? Adding math “boot camps,” restructuring remedial classes to have more punch, and improving math placement tests. Clark State, Filby writes, took “more of a ‘holistic approach’ that asks ‘where does math fit into that curriculum?’”

Administrators say they aren’t watering down the math curriculum, but are all about boosting student confidence on a historically killer subject.

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