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16:25 UK time, Wednesday, 20 April 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

The New York Times' most popular articles suggests a better way to teach maths.
The article starts off with the assertion that it isn't socially acceptable to be illiterate so this should also apply to being innumerate. The article argues that the problem at the moment is in the style of learning. The article explains "problem-based" or "discovery-based" learning leaves some students stuck. Instead it suggests these teaching methods should be replaced by more explicitly guiding the pupils at every stage of working out an equation.

A popular story on the Guardian's website claims the backlash against the popularity of Lady Gaga has begun. The article reports the singer has offended her gay fans. It explains that the gay community is perceived as forming the core of her fanbase but she has been criticised as "having no right" to declare herself as the ambassador of gay culture.

A couple who hired a Channel 4 pet detective to snatch a dog may be ordered to give it back, according to a popular Daily Mail story. The accusation is that the couple had given the labrador away. The ownership dispute goes to trial in May.

Slate's most popular article offers a word of caution to Kate Middleton about her future mother-in-law, the Queen. It points out that the Queen refused to allow her younger sister Margaret to marry "the man she loved and had chosen", and she let her "authoritarian" husband have charge of the education of her eldest son. Based on this and other examples, it advises "if you really love him, honey, get him out of there" and avoid being "another sacrificial lamb to water the dried bones and veins of a desiccated system".

New Scientist's most popular article says children avoid cheating if they believe they are being watched. It is based on recent research which asked children to play a video game which was so difficult that is necessitated cheating. The children who believed a make-believe princess was in the room were less likely to cheat.

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