For over a year now, I’ve been co-hosting Persuasion, a weekly podcast with Erin Straza. The goal of this podcast is to create space for women to contribute to the broader conversation without getting trapped into talking about “women’s issues.” In fact, we believe that when you’re a woman, every issue is a “woman’s issue.” Our tag line, “Fine Ladies, Rational Minds, and the Best Kind of Company,” comes from a mash up of two Jane Austen quotes:
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
“My idea of good company…is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.’
‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.”
This week the “best kind of company” joins us to tackle the issue of math anxiety . Wendy Alsup, a math educator, helps us explore why so many of us seize up when we’re surrounded by numbers. You may know Wendy from her theology books or blog, but Wendy’s more than just a pretty online face. She’s also a veteran math teacher who currently teaches adults at the community college level. In this episode, Wendy helps us understand why so many people think they’re “bad” at math, how to create a math-positive culture, and why math is the “language with which God has written the universe.”
Come join our conversation here.