This blogger (Broken Penguins) shares her take on math and math education and, I think, hits the nail on the head. One of the biggest problems with math education, in my opinion, is summed up in this quote. Why is it a badge of honour to proclaim that you hate math or that you just can’t do math or that math is something that is hard or to be feared? This is a problem we need to address.
In North America, we are taught to fear math. We are told that math is the sport of geniuses and the rest of us mere mortals should be very afraid. In Asia, kids are taught that anyone can do math with practice and on average, they do better.