Some community colleges in Illinois are turning to a real-world approach to teach remedial math. Instead of traditional remedial math classes, some schools are piloting "math literacy," which flips the traditional model -- presenting theory and then solving problems -- to a problem-based model. For example, during a math-literacy course at one school, students were given a real-world problem, such as determining how an online video goes viral, and then learned how math can help them find the answer.

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