The Problem With Girls In Math And Science

Today’s Daydreamer Challenge was to repost a blog that you love, and say nice things about it.

I didn’t “meet” this blogger through the challenge, but of everything I’ve read this week, THIS needs to be passed along.

Words matter. To rephrase an old song: Mamas (and Papas!) Don’t let your babies grow up to be princesses. Let them be scientists and physicists and mathematicians. Teach them to respect and know their own minds!

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Drifting Through

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Last year I went to a Parent-Teacher conference with my daughter’s G.T. (Gifted and Talented) teacher. She sang my daughter’s praises. I basked in her glowing words and swelled with pride. Until she said this:

“She’s really good in math. Probably one of my best math students. Even better than the boys in the class.” – said by a real, live teacher. One that teaches kids.

Cue record screech. I immediately snapped to. I wish I could tell you that I questioned this teacher’s perceptions. I wish I could tell you that I pointed out to her that the very statement she meant as a huge compliment was in itself sexist. But I didn’t. I muttered something along the lines of “She’s always been a natural at math,” and something about “number sense.”

My daughter doesn’t think she’s good at math. She thinks it’s her worst subject.

We’ve tried…

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