Doing the Muslim math

So, there’s this math guru named Larry Shiller.

Apparently, he’s created a whole math curriculum to help school kids.

On his website, he also offers podcasts about “the math behind the news.” An interesting idea…

He’s done one on “Muslim math,” focusing on the fact that most countries are home to either many Muslims or very few. The effect, he points out, is that the amount of contact that Muslims have with others — in a worldwide sense — is not that great. And it’s hard to build relationships without day-to-day contact.

The U.S. is the place where this can change as the Muslim community grows.

Check out his “website”: and look for the podcasts on the right.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.