Question: Can you be smart if you are bad at math?

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Believing you are bad at maths can, therefore, become a self-fulfilling prophecy. But research backs the idea that hard work, not natural ability, is more important. A study measuring maths achievement in 3,520 students over five years concluded: ... So, you may actually be an undiscovered mathematical genius after all.

Bad At Math? What The Human Brain’s Weakness For Numbers Means For Your Cognitive Health

I recently came across an article published in The Atlantic called and if you're a parent, an educator, or a student you should definitely read this article. What does it have to say about negative attitudes about math? And how can it help you tap your inner mathematical being?

Those are exactly the questions we'll be talking about today. At least that's the premise of a great article from The Atlantic called and it's a premise with which I completely agree.

Can you be smart if you are bad at math?

We hear it all the time. Because we believe that the idea of 'math people' is the most self-destructive idea in America today.

Think you're bad at math? You may suffer from 'math trauma'

The truth is, you probably are a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. Worse, you may be helping to perpetuate a pernicious myth that is harming underprivileged children—the myth of inborn genetic math ability.

Can you be smart if you are bad at math?

If you want to know why I can confidently say that, check out the article—it goes on to describe a bunch of research showing how people come to falsely believe that they are mathematically deficient, and how the even more detrimental belief that this perceived deficiency cannot be changed which occurs as a result ends up creating a vicious self-fulfilling prophecy.

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