Claudia Zaslavsky has helped thousands of men and women understand why math made them miserable. Let her introduce you to real people who, like you, fled from anything to do with math. All of them - White, African American, Asian American, Latino, artist, homemaker, manager, teacher, teenager, or grandparent - came to see that their math troubles were not their fault. Social stereotypes, poor schools, and well-meaning parents had convinced them that they couldn't, or shouldn't, do math. Their voices in this book testify to the boost in self-esteem - and income - they enjoyed once they got the tools and motivation they needed to overcome their fear of math. You can join their number! Claudia Zaslavsky shows you how the school math you dreaded is a far cry from the math you really need in life (and probably know better than you ever suspected)! She gives a host of reassuring methods, drawn from many cultures, for tackling real-world math problems. She explodes the myth that women and minorities are not good at math. With Claudia Zaslavsky's help, you can see why math matters and how to get over the math barrier that has been holding you back from your goals in life.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 230-235) and index.