You all remember that anti-drug campaign on TV in the 80’s and 90’s where the dad finds his kid’s stash, asks him where he learned about that stuff, and the kid shouts back “I learned it by watching you!” The dad goes pale, and calm voiceover guy reminds us that “Parents who use drugs have children who use drugs.” Good times.
Well, this post isn’t about drugs, but it’s the first thing I thought of when I read Laurie T.’s post over at Rational Moms titled New study suggests girls learn math anxiety from their teachers.
She says, in part:
Young girls [of female teachers with math anxiety] develop math anxiety, then grow up to be elementary education majors, then pass on that same math anxiety to other young girls, who then avoid studying science and engineering. This is a vicious cycle!
They learn it from their teachers just as much as they learn it from their parents.
A solid education is a key to an inquiring, skeptical mind – having half of our young population already behind the 8-ball when it comes to basic math skills should not be acceptable. I encourage you to head over to Rational Moms to read Laurie’s article.