# Do you know girls who are great at math and love to talk?

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Big-Mouthed Girls Are Better at Multiplication

I
admit this at the risk of perpetuating a stereotype: I suck at math. I
had to take college algebra three times before I passed (by the way, why
do journalism majors have to even take algebra?), and I suffered
through every single math class I ever was forced into. With that said,
I've never doubted that **girls can be just as good at math as boys**.
Even though I was better with language and the smartest boy in my class
excelled at math, I knew not everyone fit into this mold. Now a new
study backs up my gut instinct and shows that girls really can have it
all!

In fact, **girls who excel at language have an advantage at math**. Huzzah!

This study tested girls and boys and showed that the two disciplines were not unrelated. Girls who could throw down some rhymes could also throw down some equations. My own mother switched her major in college from math to English when she decided it would be more fun to teach English. But her math skills were still exceptional. And my kindergartner (who started saying "hi" to people at 6 months) is showing signs of being a budding math pro herself. So clearly, I'm the exception in my family rather than the rule.

All of this is to say, don't put girls in the corner during math class. We really can do it all.

**Do you know girls who are great at math and love to talk?**

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3 years later I finished my degree in physics & geology. I worked for a few years as an aeronautical engineer. And became angry that the system made me feel stupid. If I hadn't gotten sick, I would have lived out my life believing tat of myself. So I realized I'm great at math, as long as I'm allowed to play with it, and don't have someone there trying to explain it to me.....as that just sounds like jibberish. I'll never forget my first college algebra, when I figured out Scientific Notation. I. Alled my grandfather over (smartest guy I knew) and asked him to check that I'd done it right. He said I had, and I replied, "well, why didn't anyone ever just SAY that!" it all seemed so simple, but I remember being stumped in high school when et teacher strove to explain it.

I love algebra - hate geometry. I can't do a proof to save my life unless its *exceptionally* simple...as in there is one step only... Algebra and trig seemed soooo simple to me. I took honors Alg 1 and 2 in highschoool, Functions Statistics and Trig my senior yr, but still had to do College Alg because I failed every proof on the entrance exam so I couldn't skip out of it. My geometry teacher passed me just to get me out of his class, and I think he felt bad beccause I was on varisity track, and he was a track coach. I had his class 8th hr and during cross country and track season, I left the class early at least twice a week for a meet. I tried asking for help several times, but my study halls never landed the same time the math lab was open, and if I asked the teacher for help, he was "too busy" with track stuff. Some days I wonder if he continued to pass me because I was pulling big points for the team. O well...haven't "needed" geometry on that level yet lol.

My daughter, who is a big time chatter box, is turning out to really love math. She's impatient though... She can multipy and divide (shes "in" 2nd grade) and wants to continue on to the next "big thing" but she still isn't confident enough in her adding and subtracting, which in turn is making her struggle a little in multiplication and division. She's getting annoyed with the "reviewing" but hubby and I don't think she's ready to move on even if she thinks she is...

Before Barbie Doll was silenced in the 1990's she was correct to say Math is difficult.

I do have a girl 11 who is 5th grade. She does her Language Arts work first everyday and works even harder (IMO)to avoid math lessons. She is doing well with written language and likes reading. But...she won't approach others to begin conversation when we are away from home. She waits to be invited to talk, as her mom,it is very hard to watch that happen, but I was like that and no matter how many times I have told her in her life, to just say something, she can't if she doesn't know the girl/person. So are those issues related to her language skills? I'm so interested in this!

**April**

My dd is a big talker (though she has speech pronunciation issues) and good at math. It isn't her favorite subject, though.

I always loved math, but I've never been a talker. In fact, I suspect that I have a language disability (slight).

I nearly had a math minor in college, BTW.

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- Cafe Amber

on Feb. 27, 2012 at 3:54 AM