A Blast From The Past Brings A Glimmer Of Hope For The Future

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Hey, remember Danica McKellar? She was Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years. She graduated summa cum laude from UCLA and coauthored a scientific paper about a theorem in mathematical physics. And now she's written a book, called Math Doesn't Suck. The 32-year-old hopes to show that "being good at math is cool." "When girls see the antics of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, they think that being fun and glamorous also means being dumb and irresponsible," the 32-year-old says. Uh, we couldn't agree more. To put things in a little more perspective, she and Tara Reid are the same age.
'Wonder Years' Actress: 'Smart Is Cool' [CNN]



I agree. To make a broad generalization, people who are good at math are often not the best teachers. I don't know if this is also true at the h.s. level (my h.s. math teachers were awful also), but my experience with college and graduate school math professors is that they really, really like math, are really, really good at math, and don't understand why it isn't blindingly obvious to everyone else. You had the textbook to read — why would you need me to explain it to you (with puzzled expression)? To be charitable I think they often don't mean to be that difficult, but it is so clear to them that they don't even know where to start trying to explain it to someone else. There are less charitable interpretations also.