**Vanquishing Math Phobia**

Sue
Shellenbarger, in a Wall Street Journal article titled

*A Worksheet for Math-Phobic Parents*(August 29, 2012), talks about how most parents, being math-phobic, are transmitting that attitude to their kids, thus perpetuating math phobia and incompetence.
I too was
math-phobic until I learned about the Barriers to Learning. It turns out that my math teachers had been
committing/inflicting several of these Barriers on me.

The Barriers
that my teachers inflicted on me were:

- Too steep a gradient of
information
- Using non-defined words and
symbols,
- Why this subject was important to
learn, and
- How was the knowledge relevant to
my life.

When I applied
the proper remedies listed in the book

*How to Learn – How to Teach: Overcoming the Barriers to Learning*, I vanquished my math phobia, and recovered my math education.
I vanquished
my math phobia to such an extent that I now tutor in math for Literacy
Partners. And I did such a good job
communicating math concepts to my students that they created a math class just
for me called Applied Math.

Math is not
scary once you remedy your Barriers to Learning.