Girls are weaker in maths and hate maths

India
February 17, 2009 10:23am CST
Hi,folks,I always have experienced that girls hate maths and are weaker in maths. Do you also feel the same ? Is it due to some gene combination or is it some preconception that we have formed and girls have continued to live to that bad reputation . Of course exceptions have been there but this in general is true. Do Other Mylotters feel the same??
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@ddfreedie (690)
• India
18 Feb 09
i really don agree ....being a boy i hate maths...usually i don pass in maths...my friend used to help in my exam...
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• India
21 Feb 09
well , maybe you were an exception. :) actually I am not talking of one guy , we are considering whole species
@WC1989 (595)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Seeing as I'm a female math major I'm inclined to disagree with you.... However I won't! To be honest I've noticed that girls do tend to fare worse in mathematics. However the only reason they do so is because we expect them to. A big part of what makes us us is actually our environment, and that includes what society expects of us. We don't do it on purpose, it's just built in. Now if I lived in an area where girls are expected to be better at math (which I have before), then the girls did better than the boys.
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• India
18 Feb 09
Interesting thoughts !! You have added another dimension to the discussion. Being math major yourself and still admitting the fact is really honest.
@Arjen07 (164)
• Romania
17 Feb 09
From my short life experience I can say that girls are smarter than boys. At school the girls were always way smarter than the boys even at mathematics. But somehow the mathematicians and scientists are men. Even the best chefs are men. How the hell is that posible?
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• India
17 Feb 09
Well then interesting thought, in schools we see that generally girls do very good in exams but then where do they disappear. I guess they dont go for engineering but go for medicine( non- maths) . But why ? that leaves us again with same conclusion.. probably they hate maths
• United States
17 Feb 09
for me, it seems that teachers are the majority of the problem. most boys are known to be more hands on than girls. so teachers will go over to a boy that needs help with an experiment and explain how he should do it. where as when girl asks for help, the teacher comes over and does it leaving the girl to watch. it's a stereotype that needs to be broken but it is still in our school.
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• India
17 Feb 09
I think you have got it spot-on. It is stereotype and moreover its our way of thinking, like in India girls are expected to do their household work also along with studies although this has drastically changed with education and development but still this is a factor.
@savypat (20244)
• United States
17 Feb 09
No it's how we are conditioned, my mother and grandmother were both engineers, that means math knowledge. Myself as soon as we got to substituting letters for numbers I bailed out, but love geometry because I could see how I could use it in daily living.
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• India
17 Feb 09
I feel that girls do better when imagination and creativity comes into picture, that's why you also had inclination towards geometry which in something practical whereas most girls hate calculus which one cant relate with life. Also, girls are better than guys in creativity and art. So I think its a trade-off
• India
18 Feb 09
hey abhi.....man its just another misconception that girls are bad at maths.....they've got equally good brains just like us boys....and it depends on person to person that in what way and in which field they develop their interest....some do it in maths and some in other different subjects..... i even know some of my friends who happen to be girls and have strong maths.....even my sister loves maths...i am average in maths and my bro is weak....he simply hate maths.....so u see there is no gender biasing in this case..... i hope i answered u coreectly and cleared your doubt.....
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• India
18 Feb 09
Let me introduce you to my son who just HATES maths! I don’t know what will happen to him…all he can think of is history and the arts and all those documents on History Channel and Discovery doesn’t help me a bit! Coming to your topic however, I think its basically a misconception which we women are also guilty of propagating. For centuries, we have not had any women scientist or mathematician of repute only coz it was the duty of the woman to keep the home fires burning and to put food on the table. Pursuit of science or maths was not her job, instead her job was to see that her scientist / mathematician husband / son / brother got all the comforts he required to carry on with uninterrupted research. Similarly you will not find any women painter of repute either…but women are thought to be good in arts! We have actually stereotyped and confined women to home cooking and family stitching and sewing and weaving. However, now girls are more and more into education yet the misconception has not yet disappeared. It will take more time and more efforts from all sides.
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• China
18 Feb 09
i totally agree with you, when i was a little girl, i am good at maths, but as i grow up, i felt maths boring and difficut, of course i get the low scores.i am upset. i don't know why ,don't want to know the reason,whatever i left school. say goodby to maths.
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@reichiru (748)
• Canada
18 Feb 09
That's not true with me. I'm not a really big fan of math, but I don't hate it, and I'm definitely not weak in it. I get better marks in math than a lot of people in my class. But of course, usually the male mind can comprehend the complicated formulas and numbers better than females, but that doesn't mean girls are bad at it. It's this whole sexism issue again. But I definitely don't agree with your statement.
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@sameroad (3180)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I don't think so. me and my mom have always been really good at math and a lot better at it then all the men in our family. Math was my best subject in school. i think its probably around even... but who knows..it might be different for parts of the world/other states
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@scheng1 (24688)
• Singapore
18 Feb 09
That is too sweeping a statement. As a Singaporean, I feel proud of the kids in my country. The collective standard of math is among the top in the world. However, even among the kids, there is a notable difference. Chinese generally do better in Math, Malay are weaker. Probably due to the mother tongue. Chinese language is a much better language for doing mental sums. Probably due to the culture. Chinese are more competitive in nature, and Malay tend to take life easier. In a sense, Malay are much happier, live in the moment and enjoy. So I dont agree that girls hate maths and are weaker. The method of teaching may not be suitable for artistic brains. Change the method of learning, and the weaker students will enjoy and learn.
• Canada
18 Feb 09
Hello abhi_dude. I have to partly agree with you, and partly disagree with you here. The reason being is that I did learn in school (maybe in the 7th or 8th grade) that men, on average, are better at math then girls. However, women, on average, are usually good with English and Arts/Music. That is what I learned and I think there is some truth to it. However, when I was in highschool I saw many girls that were really good at math. I think there were slightly more boys that were good at math than girls. Yet, I did see girls doing a little better in English. As far as Music and Arts, I think men and women did around the same. Therefore, no I dont really think that women are weaker in math. I think it is a stereotype, though if you compare them to most men, then they probably do not do quite as well.
• Philippines
17 Feb 09
i don't think that this is a natural occurrence..math is a hard subject but women don't really hate it..i think men also do..well, i am a woman and an engineering student and love math..i can say that i am good at it also.. a case to case basis..
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• United States
17 Feb 09
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@nikky28 (1572)
• India
22 Feb 09
No way!!! I am very good at math. I have a very high IQ (above 152) and also am a member of Mensa. I am really good at solving math problems, puzzles, and also love board games. I also don't think girls have lived up to bad reputation. In India, the pass ratio of girls to boys is more for the girls in many places. The stereotyping of girls not good at math may also be one of the reason why this rumour gains ground in the first place.
@sid556 (30987)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I'm a girl and I love math and excelled in it all thru school. I think your're making a false assumption. I never heard that analogy and I think it is kind of foolish. Most of my teachers in math were women as well. Either you like it or you don't but I doubt gender has any bearing on it.
@fren45 (895)
• Malaysia
20 Feb 09
I don't think girls are really bad in maths. In Malaysia Girls and male are both equally good on maths and science subjective matters.
@uath13 (8204)
• United States
18 Feb 09
My daughter would calculate 95% of the guys around here into the ground. I had her doing algebra in kindergarden. She's a wiz at it. It's all a matter of training & thought processes.
@jimbo88 (231)
• Indonesia
18 Feb 09
I disagree with you. My sister has good mark for this subject. I think math is a good subject, it can make people have good imagination. Of course to become a good mathematics we must often to try math's problems.
@giay0422 (60)
• Philippines
18 Feb 09
Nope! I disagree. I have high grades and excel in mathematics since kinder school until college. LOL.