Most of my students had no idea that math, like weightlifting, is supposed to hurt a bit. They thought that heavy, stretching sensation you get when you learn new concepts meant they were stupid, that they couldn’t do math. They didn’t realize that every[one] feels that, if only briefly. If you’re in the bottom third of the distribution, and a third of people are, you never get to the other side of that feeling before the class moves on. I used to tutor math at a community college. I did mostly the basics: lots of al… | Hacker News
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