Genuine Fear of Math

Is this what math anxiety looks like?

How do you really feel about math?


Earlier this week I joked with one of my calculus students that for Halloween I was going to frighten children who came to my door by giving them math homework. For most of my life I have understood that many unfortunate people dislike math in the same way that I dislike coffee but this Science Daily article broadened my perspective. It reports on research results from the Stanford University School of Medicine indicating that “math anxiety” may be just as real as something like a fear of snakes. I am now bracing myself for a chorus of “I told you so.”

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