is just some kind of aptitude 
some kids have it, some kids don't . . .
The result is most of our kids (in the U.S.) don't do really
well in Math . . ."
Glad to have discovered Daniel Koretz's interesting video discussing how parents influence their own childrens' perceptions about the latter's math ability. Koretz is also author of the book,"Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us." Here are a few notable quotes below:
In fact, certain people are rather proud to be incompetent in Mathematics."
We know our kids model us as parents. Why do we encourage such low expectations in Math? Do we want to make our kids feel better, if WE think they're not "good" at Math by saying that we aren't good at math?
how well a student does in mathematics 
is a function of effort."
she's the creative one", at the age of four and five? Or, have you ever heard a teacher share this kind of "observation" to a parent, sometimes in front of student, no less?
We're mixing up "strengths and interests" with "ability." What gets lost in these conversations about our kids' strengths and abilities is EFFORT. The message that they may be hearing is either you got it, or you don't . . . so don't bother, if you don't.
What do you think?
Above Previously Posted. Sepember 26, 2011
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