Do the Math
‘Do the Math’ tutor program begins 15th season, new live segments to focus on ‘math in the real world’
For the past 14 years, Kern County 4th through 12th graders in need of a little extra help with their math homework have tuned into “Do the Math,” a call-in math tutoring program and instructional television show. The program is produced live two afternoons a week during the school year inside a studio at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office.
Free, phone-in tutoring is available to students from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by calling (661) 636-4357 or toll free at (866) 636-6284. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., “Do the Math” host Michael Cushine and several math tutors take problems from callers and work them out live on air. Special guests and contests supplement the math instruction.
Last season, “Do the Math” took to the road on Tuesdays and did live cutaways at school sites and after school programs where students and tutors were working out math problems.
“We took the show to where the kids were. This added a really exciting dimension to the show,” said John Lenko, who has been directing “Do the Math” since its inception.
The on-location segments were so well received, “Do the Math” is adding more live remotes to Wednesday’s program this season, this time at businesses, organizations and other community locations with an emphasis on how community leaders apply math in the real world.
“The idea is to get young people to understand that what they are learning in school will serve them well when they get into a career later on,” Lenko said. “How many times have you heard a young person question why they have to learn something? We plan to show them by taking them behind the scenes with local professionals.”
“Do the Math” is part of 60-plus hours of weekly K-12 educational programing aligned to state standards that is available through KCSOS’s Kern Education Television Network (KETN). “Do the Math” can be seen on Bright House Networks Ch. 15/15.1, Charter Cable Ch. 19 and Ch. 180 in California City, Rosamond, N. Edwards, Boron, Mojave and Ch. 19 in San Luis Obispo.
For more information, visit www.dothemathonline.net.