Today’s Birthday: Danica McKellar

It's January 3, and actress, mathematician and longtime American School Blog favorite Danica McKellar turns 38 years old today.  Danica first became famous as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, but she also made education for herself and others a priority.  She graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in mathematics, and, in more recent years, has written four books.  Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape are all written with middle school and high school girls in mind.  The books' goals are to get young women comfortable with math and give them the confidence needed to succeed in what sometimes is a difficult and complicated subject.  While the American School Blog appreciates the creativity in the titles of all four of Danica's books, the American School itself cannot officially endorse them or any other book to help with our math courses.  We can, however, recommend you visit our Online Student Center, which tries to list as many helpful resources as possible.  At the same time, we know that every student learns differently. If you're at your local bookstore or visiting an online bookstore and you think Danica's books can help you, go for it. If you find better resources, use them instead. The choice is yours. For more information on Danica and her books, visit her Web site.