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Slaying the ‘math monster’: It’s not about numbers, it’s about learning how to think

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette – Celia Storey

“Sam Lawhorn, a recent UALR graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, is dismayed that it’s respectable to be incompetent with numbers — people nearly brag to one another about it. “How often do you hear people say, ‘I can’t read. I hate reading’?” he asks. But “it’s socially acceptable to say, ‘I hate math,'” LeGrand agrees. Meanwhile, demand is rising around the globe for professionals in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). That’s where the jobs are going. To meet the need for qualified workers, “many governments and private organizations have revamped STEM education and promoted training to enhance math and science skills among students and workers,” researchers from the University of Chicago write in a report published in the February issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science.”(more)

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