From >Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225 >email@example.com, on Chapter Six -- Everybody Counts
>1. The author claims that "Only in mathematics is poor school >performance socially acceptable," and "Only in America do adults openly >proclaim their ignorance of mathematics as if it were some sort of merit >badge." Is either of these true in your experience and, if so, why?
I just had to relate this since it happened recently. At the end of a local newscast here in Austin, after a piece on students using calculators on a state mandated test, a female Hispanic newscaster said something like, "Oh I was never good at math anyway." I was appalled! I knew people said this kind of thing at parties, but to hear it on TV was too much.