There is a huge elephant standing in most math classrooms, it is the idea that  only some students can do well in math.  Students believe it, parents believe it and teachers believe it.  The myth that math is a gift that some students have and some do not, is one of the most damaging ideas that pervades education in  the US and that stands in the way of students’ math achievement.  

This short paper summarizes five recent and important areas of knowledge that have emerged from studies of the brain and learning and that address this myth head-on.

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