Many people have often become math and science phobic through no fault of their own, but, through tyranny. Let me explain.

Way back in second grade, or so, if you left out the verb in your sentence the teacher very gently asked “Mary (or Johnny), where is your action word?”

But, in math, if the teacher asked the class “what is 2 time 3?” You eagerly and excitedly wave your hand in the air. The teacher called on you. You excitedly and gleefully yelled out “5!!” The teacher, in a sarcastic and chastising voice, replied "I said times, NOT plus." , while the class giggled and taunted you for your stupidity. After a few such insults on your person, you said “No more! I’m not going there again!!!”  So,  from then on math became a no- no, strictly forbidden territory.

Science was not much better than math. Here the teacher askes “Water boils at what temperature?”. Again, you eagerly and excitedly waved your hand in the air. The teacher called on you. You excitedly and gleefully yelled out “100 degrees Fahrenheit!!” The teacher, in a sarcastic and chastising voice, replied "That's 100 degrees centigrade, NOT, Fahrenheit.", while the class giggled and taunted you for your stupidity. After a few such insults on your person you said “No more! I’m not going there again!!!”  So from then on science became a no – no, strictly forbidden territory.

All of these subjects with so many questions with carved in stone right or wrong answers are a death trap. I’m going to stay away from those at all cost. Let me stay with subjects that use at least two paragraphs for an answer.

(Through mis-teaching, history has often similarly suffered. But, that's another story - perhaps one of much more tragic consequences!)

Over the years I have been, still am, a member of many professional organizations in education like the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics ((NCTM), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), science, technology and mathematics, like APS (APS), AAPT (AAPT), AAAS (AAAS), NYAS (NYAS), IEEE (IEEE), MAA (MAA). (These have been mostly passive memberships get and read their literature, sometimes attend local events when there are any.) If the articles on science and math education, in particular, and education in general, are heeded, much of this phobia may be history in a few generations. But, if the methods of Robert P. (Bob) Moses and his Algebra Project became widespread, it could take less than a generation. (I had the pleasure and enlightenment of active participation in that organization from 1995 to1999)