Stephen Downes

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My math skills advanced almost to the top of the graph (I still have 'learning advanced calculus' in my list of unfinished business to attend to) but I can say that there's a lot of truth to this cartoon (especially if you extend 'spreadsheets' to include vectors and matrices). Anyhow, the main point of this article is to stress that being a 'math person' depends a lot more on how you were taught (and, I would add, how much you practiced and internalized math) than genes or inheritance. "Before blaming yourself or the genetic make-up of your family for not excelling at math, take a closer look at the disconnect between the subject as you learned it in school and how it's used in your life."

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