It’s amazing to me, a century after the scopes monkey trials, that there’s still confusion but confusion there is.
Science is science. As I just read on the US Science Website,
Science is science. Science is not part of a spectrum that includes opinions and religions. Science is backed by the scientific method and scientific facts are scientific facts.
Science is agnostic or secular, it has nothing to do with clock makers or intelligent design or any other thinly veiled religious approach to seeing the world.
Science is science. Much like math. Beautiful. Pure. Complicated. Evolving. As we learn.
We know so much yet we seem so uneducated and confusing our beliefs and our dreams with what we know to be true. Really weird.
I had math anxiety when I was a kid. The more people tried to get me to understand, the more upset I would get and the less I was able to understand. I remember my parents’ frustration with me. Especially my dad. Math is his life. He is constantly doing figuring and sees numbers everywhere he goes. For me, it’s words instead of numbers. Numbers just don’t want to stick in my brain. It’s like I have some sort of reverse velcro to numbers.
If you have a child like this, how can you encourage them and help reduce the anxiety?
- Try to be patient with them. If they sense your frustration, they will become upset with their own lack of understanding which only perpetuates the vicious circle.
- Make sure they get a good foundation in the basic math facts.
- Give them plenty of math practice but make it fun.
- Keep in mind that some kids just don’t have a ‘head for math’. That doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t learn the basics. It just means that they probably aren’t going to ever love math or excel in it like those for whom it comes naturally.