“The parents are not out to sabotage their kids,” said Sian L. Beilock, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Chicago and the author of “Choke,” about anxiety and performance. “But we have to ensure their input is productive. They need to have an awareness of their own math anxiety and that what you say is important.”
For example, she said, comforting a homework-distressed child, by saying, “ ‘I’m not a math person either, and that’s O.K.,’ is not a good message to convey.”
I love the bold line above.
There is a quiz for readers to take to test their math anxiety. Like most online quizzes it's awful.
I selected "Not Anxious At All" for 9 out of the 10 questions. For Learning a New Math Skill, I selected "A bit anxious" because going back to take differential equations sounds miserable. The results are hilarious. I'm glad the NYT brings up this important discussion, but the quiz is worse than Buzzfeed.