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Topic: Sidebar: math LD
Replies: 12   Last Post: Sep 18, 1997 5:48 PM

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Tad Watanabe

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Re: Sidebar: math LD
Posted: Sep 18, 1997 1:17 PM
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I may be showing my ignorance in public, but I thought an anxiety as a
psychological problem can be treated and there are many strategies that
can minimize the symptoms of anxiety attacks. I tend to think it IS a
medical problem.

I also think that people with math anxiety does not necessarily have
learning problems. I do not favor classifying math anxiety as a type of
LD and giving students excuse not to study math.

Tad Watanabe
Towson University
Towson, Maryland

On Thu, 18 Sep 1997, Judy Roitman wrote:

> It's the notion of treatment that bothers me --- the medical model. The
> math anxiety business has become just that, a business, and I'm deeply
> skeptical. I'd rather see the same energy going to good tutoring, smaller
> classes, and more serious help for kids who have real (i.e., LD-type
> processing or organizational) problems.

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