Contrary to what many American children have been led to believe, most of us are indeed “math people” and should be perfectly comfortable with anything from polynomials to linear regressions. But the ways in which many U.S. schools have been teaching math discourage all but the most precocious students, and set up feedback loops in which only the “math kids” make it out. The literature on math education is tied to broader research about one’s ability to change IQ scores through hard work. How could the U.S. better harness untapped math talent? For starters, it could follow in the footsteps of Japan and Korea, and put the scholastic emphasis on hard work, not raw intelligence.
Source: The Atlantic