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Perhaps one of the greatest myths about mathematics is that some people are natural “math people” and some are not. A common misconception is that mathematical ability is genetically inherited or predetermined. On the contrary, research does not support the idea if innate mathematical ability… Whether students understand the content may depend not so much on the material itself but in the way teachers present it. Although a certain percentage of students will understand a mathematical concept despite a poor teacher, most students will thrive only in an atmosphere created by caring, knowledgeable teachers.

Daniel J. Brahier, Teaching Secondary and Middle School Mathematics