YES. AND. NO.
I mean I used to. But things have gotten better.
Don't we all judge those who are terrible at math? Don’t we all think a little less of them?
In India, the education
system has shaped a see-through culture where math and science are held as almighty among other subjects.
The majority of the people still look down on Arts stream and everyone who have opted for it. I literally have seen parents ask their children to not to go for Arts because, well, it's "easy". (If only the world knows!)
(Courtesy: Learning Success Blog)
So, yes, in India, math is revered high. And I was one of them who promoted that idea.
I am an engineering student. So, naturally, I was devout of the subject. And anyone who was terrible at Math, I wouldn’t necessarily hold for them a higher opinion.
(Courtesy: Irish Times)
However, down the line, things have gotten better… Much thanks to my Son who isn't very drawn towards Math. While I would worry and stress over this due to my own hardcore math background, it became better when I adopted a much-liberated outlook.
He doesn’t have to like Math. If he doesn’t want to study math, beyond the allotted curriculum, he doesn’t have to. There are so many opportunities - the better ones at that - that doesn’t require math.
So, my understanding is at a much better position in this context. I am fine with him not being inclined towards Math. I now have a neutral outlook towards people who are terrible at Math.
The world doesn’t have to care about Math and people who likes or dislikes it. Just like it doesn’t care whether someone likes Economics, History, Anthropology, and Geography.
All said though, it is indeed a great flaw of our society, India's in specific, that overvalues math and science
. Moreover, it is sad that people who are terrible at math
are looked down. I hope over the course people get the right perspective.