Make Your Daughter Practice Math. She’ll Thank You Later.

  • For parents who want to encourage their daughters in STEM subjects, it’s crucial to remember this: Math is the sine qua non.
  • You and your daughter can have fun throwing eggs off a building and making papier-mâché volcanoes, but the only way to create a full set of options for her in STEM is to ensure she has a solid foundation in math.
  • Math is the language of science, engineering and technology. And like any language, it is best acquired through lengthy, in-depth practice.
  • You can begin to avoid practicing it, because to your mind, that practice is more painful than learning what comes more easily. Not practicing, in turn, transforms what started out as a mere aversion into a genuine lack of competence. Unfortunately, the way math is generally taught in the United States — which often downplays practice in favor of emphasizing conceptual understanding — can make this vicious circle even worse for girls.
  • When we learn to play an instrument — say, the guitar — it’s obvious that simply understanding how a chord is constructed isn’t the equivalent of being able to play the chord

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