“I will persevere through challenges in math"
More than 50 percent of young adults report that they say, “I’m not good at math,” according to a survey by change the equation. Yet, the same study reports that nearly all Americans (93 percent) agree that developing good math skills is essential to success in life.
“Students need math for many reasons—from college readiness to career and everyday life, like keeping score at a basketball game or figuring out how much money to save to buy something. Students become discouraged and feel they aren’t good at math as soon as they encounter challenges or struggle with solving problems, and this is precisely what we want to change by collaborating with the education community, we are taking a bold step to transform society’s approach and mindset toward math so all students can reach their full potential and have equal access to career and economic opportunities. Our ambitious goal is to drive a change in attitude—from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can and I will’—for every student in the country.”
It was one of the first education researchers to apply growth mindset to math achievement, discovering that more children have a fixed mindset toward math than any other subject.