It’s complicated

I’m not a big TV person, but I can get down with some Wheel of Fortune. It’s pretty fun to watch and Vanna and Pat are seemingly ageless…which blows my mind.

But as much as I like the show, this puzzle from last night’s episode bothered me:


They didn’t choose English, social studies, or computer science. No, they mindfully chose math (and physics) to associate with “complicated.” This is exactly the sort of damaging groupthink that fosters fear, anxiety, and stereotype threat of mathematics in my students (and society) and makes my job so dang hard. We can be better than this Wheel. C’mon now.