"Female teachers transmit math anxiety to female students"

"Girls often believe themselves to be bad at math, in accordance with gender stereotyping, and often experience high levels of anxiety about the subject. That anxiety appears to be driven by social influences, and may be vanishing in early education. Still, identifying its causes could help eliminate it at later stages of education, and prevent it from making a reappearance in young girls.

A new study suggests that elementary school may be a breeding ground for this anxiety. The study found that when elementary school teachers, who are primarily female, displayed a high level of anxiety about math, that skittishness was transmitted to their female students. Those students who spent a year with a math-phobic teacher displayed lower math achievement and an increased belief in stereotypes about female mathematical ability...
...Seeing a math-anxious woman encouraged female students to buy into the stereotype that girls were unskilled at math, thereby allowing themselves to give up on the subject."
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I found this article quite compelling! This is some great insight into some supporting evidence of the woman vs. math stereotype. This should also force parents to question the tutors they are hiring for their daughters. If anxious female teachers can affect girls, I imagine that anxious female tutors would have the same effect. Be aware of all the factors you should consider when choosing a tutor. I've met many parents that base their decision solely on Rate and Education. Clearly, this can be a big mistake, and lead to worse problems for the student.
Personally, I won't even take a student if I don't believe we will be a 100% fit. If I have any doubt, I address it with the parents and/or student right away. I'm not in this for the money, career stability, and peace of mind, like most teachers. If I were, I'd go back to my career as a Masseuse and make well over 6 figures a year doing easy work, in a growing industry. I teach people, because I plan to make a difference in the world, by creating leaders. 


Adriana G.

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