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Friday, June 24, 2011

Math doesn't suck

Danica McKellar may be best known as Winnie Cooper from TV's The Wonder Years, but she is also an author and education advocate for young girls. McKellar is the author of bestsellers Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed. Each book encourages young girls to feel confident that they can and will succeed in mathematics. Math concepts in McKellar’s books are easy to understand and are described in an entertaining format.

Girls are just as capable of achieving in math as boys, no matter the grade level. Why are young girls struggling with math? Why are many young girls only completing the bare minimum for math courses in high school and college? Are girls not interested in math due to sociological reasons?

Young girls that struggle with math might feel shy or are tempted to dumb down themselves, but no one should have to dumb down themselves to feel accepted or attractive. Stereotypes depicted in magazines, on television and other forms of media may play a role on why many young girls are not excited about math. To learn how McKellar is trying to make math fun, please read “Getting Girls Hooked on Math: A Conversation with Actress/Mathematician Danica McKellar.”

-Samantha Bradbeer
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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