Archived Stop telling kids youre bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety like a virus. (washingtonpost.com)

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Archived Stop telling kids youre bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety like a virus. (washingtonpost.com)

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[–] Artooweaboo 0 points 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago (edited ago)

Is it possible that teachers who were "bad at math" are actually bad teachers? Math is a very broad term. Arithmetic, algebra, calculus, differential equations, complex analysis, group theory--- all are math. I'm better at some of these then others but that has to do with time invested. For children/people who have not learned to teach themselves the quality of instruction is very important. Most teaching positions are not paid enough to attract people who really know the material AND how to teach. Loving children does not a good teacher make.

Edit: I am reminded of the anecdote from Feynman about how he had a slightly different box of tools which helped him solve problems others could not.

[–] Jimmycog 0 points 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

The way math is taught has everything to do with children learning or not.

[–] gazillions 1 points 0 points 1 points (+1|-1) ago

Fucking hell. If you're bad at math, you're bad at math. If your kid is too precious to hear that kind of stuff you better put him in an aquarium. Maybe the kid inherited defective math genes. Maybe you should be raising kids with an inner core that isn't susceptible to contrary words ot ideas.

What the hell happened to raising durable adults? No wonder no one has kids. The

directionsnever stop.Chinese tiger mom calls her kid an idiot and smacks him upside the head. He works harder. White kid hears complements and platitudes all his life and enrolls in gender study classes to keep the flattery coming or else.

[–] GlamourSpork 0 points 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

All through elementary school I was actually told I was good at it. I got to middle school had a god awful teacher who actually screamed that I was stupid and threw a chair because I couldn't figure out the quadratic equation fast enough on the board. I stopped caring after that and just read books in her class and the rest of my math classes.

I got to college and had to take "remedial math" which was really pre-calc. I had a teacher who was wonderful and encouraging and talked me into being a math major :) I got As in most of my math classes throughout college and grew to really love and embrace math.

What you say to

anyonereally does matter and it matters if you mean it. Just saying crap to say it, isn't going to work. You have to truly believe in a person or most people can see right through your crap.[–] Norm 0 points 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

Yeah I think it helped that my parents never said they were bad at math and my siblings weren't either, it inspired me to try harder when it mattered and I still like to think I'm decent at math.

[–] Daeshaniqua 0 points 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago (edited ago)

At what level can you say you're bad at math? Calc 1? 2? Algebra? If you can't do algebra and you went to university then you have failed miserably. Algebra should be something any university student can do.

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[–] Norm 0 points 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

I did algebra in 8th grade and freshman year took algebra 2. Pretty sad that some people don't even learn algebra by the end of high school. No child left behind, only lowered the standard and hurt more than helped. Common core really needs to be combated, otherwise it's just going to get even worse.

[–] derram 1 points 0 points 1 points (+1|-1) ago

https://archive.is/ICZVl | :

'A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that female — but not male — mathematical achievement was diminished in response to a female teacher’s mathematical anxiety. '

'The effect was correlated: the higher a teacher’s anxiety, the lower the scores. '

'Researchers observed that children who received math homework help from mathematically fearful parents showed weaker math achievements than their peers, which in turn resulted in increased math anxiety for the children themselves. '

'Parents’ mathematical anxiety can have a similar effect on their children. '

'What’s more, there is growing evidence that mathematical anxiety can be passed on like a virus from teachers to students as well as from parents to children. '

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[–] J_Darnley 2 points -1 points 1 points (+1|-2) ago

Saying you can't do math is like saying you can't read or write.