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    U.S. Math Whizzes Are Multiplying

    America’s turning into a math lab. National test scores are declining, but the country is seeing more and more teens in math camps and competitions that supplement sometimes meager instruction in high schools. Some of these adolescents are forging the country’s newfound global dominance in the subject, helping net the U.S. its first number-one finish at the International Mathematical Olympiad in 21 years. Parents are the common denominator, calculating that kids can succeed in a future that’s expected to be dominated by jobs requiring numbers know-how.

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