Mathematics Supporters Come Together To Remove The Cliché “I’m Not Good At Math”

Posted: Feb 2 2016, 2:02pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


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If your excuse for not excelling at the subject of mathematics is to say “I’m not good at math”, you need a “growth mindset” and that is what Stanford University Professor of Mathematics Education Jo Boaler, and a group of supporters have come together to change to “With Math I can” - Amazon states in a press release.

The groups of supporters are Character Lab, Common Sense Education, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Stanford University’s Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS), ClassDoJo, ASCD, and Teaching Channel. And an online resource has been put together at to help teachers and students overcome the mindset challenge of dealing with mathematics.

“Students need math for many reasons—from college readiness to career and everyday life, like keeping score at a basketball game or figuring out how much money to save to buy something. Students become discouraged and feel they aren’t good at math as soon as they encounter challenges or struggle with solving problems, and this is precisely what we want to change,” said Rohit Agarwal, General Manager of Amazon K-12 Education.

“By collaborating with the education community, we are taking a bold step to transform society’s approach and mindset toward math so all students can reach their full potential and have equal access to career and economic opportunities. Our ambitious goal is to drive a change in attitude—from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can and I will’—for every student in the country,” Agarwal added.

Jo Boaler is the author of the book Mathematical Mindsets and one of the first researchers to fully understand that most students have the wrong mindset toward Math – something that has to be changed with growth mindset to be able to excel at the subject.

Boaler is also the co-founder of – a Stanford website dedicated to providing free resources to teachers, parents, and students to help learners develop mathematical mindsets.

“If you ask most students what they think their role is in math classrooms, they will tell you it is to get questions right, and when they inevitably struggle, most decide they are not a ‘math person,’ Boaler revealed.

But when learners are exposed to growth mindset methods of grasping the fundamentals of math, and to appreciate the beauty of the subject and explore deep questions on which math problems are based, then they start to develop a growth mindset.

“‘With Math I Can’ is an extraordinary opportunity to help students all around the country transform their thinking about math and develop a growth mindset,” she added.   

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
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