Originally Posted By: pinewood1
I was one of these kids until high school. I actually made an overnight leap in math at the age of 15

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I do find that I'm slower at arithmetic than most mathy adults, but just the experience of being thrown into a subject that was labeled as "math" but relied entirely on fluid reasoning and not on drill-and-kill made a light come on for me.

You may want to have your child read Lockhart's Lament and see what they think of it.


Thanks Pinewood1, all of my children so far have struggled enormously with primary school math and found high school math far easier and more engaging. So I am fairly sure this will also happen for the child in question. Once it stops being about rote learning and speed and starts being about reasoning and logic they do better, far better. Though they are never fast.

And I will look at the Lament, thank you.