Social Stigma and Mathematical Ignorance  
	Carmen M. Latterell, University of Minnesota Duluth

Although excelling in mathematics can be socially stigmatizing, 
is it a social stigma to be deficient in mathematics? Over 1000 
undergraduate students were questioned as to the embarrassment 
level they would feel for various deficiencies (including mathematical 
and non-mathematical situations). Results reveal that most students 
(including mathematics majors) do not find it embarrassing to make 
a mathematical mistake, but do find it embarrassing to make 
non-mathematical mistakes. Implications include the difficulty of 
teaching K-12 mathematics if the discipline is not valued. 

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