Girls Doing Math

This is a struggle I can relate to:

Perez Hilton thinks that hot chicks can’t do math. I have taught math to children of a variety of ages. It is difficult to convince young women in our society that they can do math. Young women often lack self-confidence about mathematics. Many of them think that “only the ugly, unpopular girls” do math. One high school student once told me that she didn’t want to go to a summer math program because if she did “everyone will think I’m uncool.”

See this post for the big picture and the gory details.

I can tell you that there was a lot of stuff going on in my household this year regarding math, and anti-math socialization. Just so you know, Julia got a lot of helpful support in the nitty gritty of algebra from the household math expert, which of course is Amanda.

Comments

  1. #1 Heraclides
    June 22, 2009

    “Perez Hilton thinks that hot chicks can’t do math.”

    Eh? Natalie Portman comes to mind…

  2. #2 Miss Cellania
    June 23, 2009

    Winnie Cooper comes to mind, too.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danica_McKellar

  3. #3 Nathan Myers
    June 23, 2009

    I would call your attention to

    http://www.maa.org/devlin/LockhartsLament.pdf

  4. #4 Spiv
    June 23, 2009

    Did you just call your wife ugly and unpopular? Geez Greg. Bad form.

  5. #5 Ben Zvan
    June 23, 2009

    Danica McKellar has, in fact, written book on the subject of math and they are aimed toward pre-teen and teen girls. If you’re interested, they’re called ‘Math Doesn’t Suck’ and ‘Kiss My Math.’

  6. #6 Ouchimoo
    June 23, 2009

    My kid sister is good at math. Which irritates me because I can’t do math at all. *dyscalculia probably (I fit the symptoms to a tee* but to my dismay because of her social network, science is now uncool. Grr.

  7. #7 badrescher
    June 24, 2009

    I am the math tutor in our house, too. My husband hated it as a child and still hates it. He manages, though, to use it even in his job (which is art direction).

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