“A typical little boy can think he’s better at math than language arts. But a typical little girl can think she’s better at language arts than math. As a result, when she sits down to do math, she might be more likely to say, ‘I’m not that good at this!’ She actually is just as good (on average) as a boy at the math — it’s just that she’s even better at language arts.” Barbara Oakley in the NYT: Make Your Daughter Practice Math. She’ll Thank You Later. (My daughter is working with two math teachers this summer. I’ll report back when she thanks me for that…)