Study: Stereotypes turn U.S. girls, boys away from math

By undervaluing math skills and stereotyping children who do well, American culture discourages students from exploring vital math and science fields, according to a new study led by a professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "It is deemed uncool within the social context of USA middle and high schools to do mathematics for fun; doing so can lead to social ostracism. Consequently, gifted girls, even more so than boys, usually camouflage their mathematical talent to fit in well with their peers," the study concludes.

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