In Sunday August 12, 2012’s Parade Magazine I found a checklist for parents to help them get ready for the upcoming school year. There was a list of 10 tips to follow. Number 6 was entitled “Don’t Trash-talk about math”.
Psychologists Harold Stevenson and James Stigler found 15 years ago that in countires that produce a lot of math whizzes, parents and teachers believed math ability is like a muscle you strengthen with good instruction and practice. In the USA, where klids don’t do that well, parents think of math ability as a talent, not a skill….Watch what you say about your own math aptitude- it matters.
What do you think? Is math a talent or a skill?