This is a great thread and I agree with several comments so far. YES you do need to spend the time on math and YES it is also something that can be a mental block.
I was always told by my loving and well-meaning mother that it was ok if I didn't like math because girls were better at English and communication than math and science. I remember hearing this many times throughout the years and guess what? I always thought I was bad at math.
As an adult, I still believed this until I found ALEKS. I realized that I really was capable of learning math and I could probably be very good at it, if I put in the time and effort. However, ha ha ha, in my world, I don't use a lot of math beyond calculating sales percent to plan and I didn't want to spend time on it, so I chose not to.
Using ALEKS, Khan Academy, and other youtube videos has also opened my eyes to the fact that we need to have more options available to support varied learning styles. Maybe that's why we're doing so bad at math as a country? Perhaps the traditional teaching methods are good for a select few, but aren't broad enough to support the different ways that math can be taught.
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