Did anyone manage to read http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100126/ap_on_sc/us_sci_fear_of_figures" [Broken]? It seems that a new study has shown that if a female math teach is unsure of her own math skills, her female students tend to be more susceptible to accept that boys are better at math than girls, and will also perform lower in that subject. The actual paper can be found at the PNAS site, and it is an open access paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2...ract?sid=bcf42c73-e538-448c-97b9-19033052984d One would think that this might have a similar effect in the sciences such as physics. It will be interesting to see if the same effect occurs for a subject in which there are plenty of female role models, i.e. if the teacher is unsure of her skills say, in English or history (I can't think of good examples, biology?), would the effect be the same? Zz.