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Sep22-10, 03:39 PM
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Quote Quote by Klockan3 View Post
There are no facts, but the chances that it isn't a fact is too small. No matter where you go in the world or at which time in history you look you will always find that most had issues with maths.

You are right in that telling kids or people in general that maths is hard makes them perform worse but that doesn't mean that it isn't true. The reason people say that maths is hard is due to their own experience, it wouldn't have gotten so well accepted all over the world if it didn't have some truth to it. Maths is hard, but not for everyone. For teaching purposes it is advantageous to come with cliché statements like "Maths is all about hard work", even though it isn't true it helps the students perform better on average.
It's also culturally acceptable to say you're terrible at math (in the US at least). It's even considered funny, in some circles, to 'brag' about how you can't do algebra. I don't understand it at all. Would anyone 'brag' about being functionally illiterate?