Why There's Nothing to Fear About Math

Educators in Israel and abroad are trying to dispel myths about mathematics, such as the probability of doing well in life if you're good with the numbers.

When Noa ‏(not her real name‏) was in second grade, her homeroom teacher, who was also the arithmetic teacher, handed out a worksheet with word problems and asked the children to solve them quietly on their own. Noa, who grew up in the Sharon region, didn’t understand that this was, in fact, an exam, because she had never taken one before. So when she was unable to solve the problems she turned to the...