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!
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.
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