The back cover of Math: Facing an American Phobia states that “more than two-thirds of American adults fear and loathe mathematics. Math is right up there with snakes, public speaking, and heights.”
Perhaps you’re one of those two-thirds. Perhaps you’re afraid of how to teach your child math…especially as you approach or enter high school. Maybe your fear is that they’ll encounter a problem you can’t help your child solve…or maybe you’re afraid your child won’t succeed in a career because you missed something in math. Perhaps you’re afraid of others’ criticism and their remarks about how behind your student is.
With the traditional school year upon us, I just want to remind us all (myself included!) that God has not given us a spirit of fear.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
As you think about teaching math this year, focus your heart on God’s greatness. He created and sustains the consistencies around us that make math possible. He knows you and your child intimately. And He will never leave or forsake us.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9
As always, feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail with thoughts or questions!