Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Why Students Develop an Aversion to Mathematics

We’ve all seen it happen to a child confronting long division, or a teenager grappling with geometry. We’ve even done it ourselves. The frustrated pencil drop, the defeated shoulder slump, and finally, the resigned proclamation: “I just can’t get this. I’m not a math person.”

In my 26 years of mathematics teaching I can't tell you all how many times I've heard parents confess their inability to do more than 6th grade math while also bemoaning the belief that they passed this inability to their child as well.

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