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24th Sep '17 10:11:59 PM Pichu-kun
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* One talking {{Franchise/Barbie}} doll would say, "Math class is hard!" The phrase was later removed due to controversy: it seems that the MoralGuardians did not want to encourage the stereotype that girls suck at math.
** The stories about it at the time mostly omitted the word "class" from the statement, which is probably why there was such an uproar: "Math class is hard" means "This particular course is difficult." "Math is hard" was taken as implying "Girls are stupid."

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* One talking {{Franchise/Barbie}} The early 90s "Teen Talking Franchise/{{Barbie}}" doll would say, "Math class is hard!" The phrase was later removed due to controversy: it seems that the MoralGuardians did not want to encourage the stereotype that girls suck at math.
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math. The stories about it at the time mostly omitted the word "class" from the statement, which is probably why there was such an uproar: "Math class is hard" means "This particular course is difficult." "Math is hard" was taken as implying "Girls are stupid."" Amongst Barbie's [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs many jobs over the years]], she's been a dentist, pediatrician, and veterinarian (all jobs which require high level math skills to get through the schooling), so it's assumed Barbie [[PingPongNaivete should be good at math]] (however, being proficient in something doesn't exclude believing it's difficult).



* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.

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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'':



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17th Sep '17 11:29:06 PM PaulA
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* Humorist/songwriter/math professor Music/TomLehrer's song "New Math" pokes fun at this attitude, especially the result of the 1960s attempt to introduce set theory in elementary school.

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* Humorist/songwriter/math professor Music/TomLehrer's song "New Math" Math", from ''Music/ThatWasTheYearThatWas'', pokes fun at this attitude, especially the result of the 1960s attempt to introduce set theory in elementary school.
9th Sep '17 5:26:32 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted with [[GeniusCripple Kenny Kawaguchi]] from ''BackyardSports'', who likes math and almost nothing else in school.

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* Inverted with [[GeniusCripple Kenny Kawaguchi]] from ''BackyardSports'', ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'', who likes math and almost nothing else in school.
7th Sep '17 11:53:35 PM Anduryen
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* Of course, despite it being the least popular subject in academics, this is generally deconstructed in RealLife. Even the very first civilizations such as the Sumerians, the Babylonians, and the Egyptians had to use some form of mathematics to progress their lives, and of course, every other civilization [[FollowTheLeader followed suit]]. Whether people [[LoveItOrHateIt like it or not]], and while our numerical presentation of mathematics is [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm definitely inferior to the real thing]], it can't be denied that mathematical logic is an essential part of life and no society can truly advance without it. From the objects in outer space to the fauna up to our own bodies, everything runs on mathematical logic. To call for the abolition of it would be certifiably insane. Quoth Roger Bacon:

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* Of course, despite it being the least popular subject in academics, this is generally deconstructed averted in RealLife. Even the very first civilizations such as the Sumerians, the Babylonians, and the Egyptians had to use some form of mathematics to progress their lives, and of course, every other civilization [[FollowTheLeader followed suit]]. Whether people [[LoveItOrHateIt like it or not]], and while our numerical presentation of mathematics is [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm definitely inferior to the real thing]], it can't be denied that mathematical logic is an essential part of life and no society can truly advance without it. From the objects in outer space to the fauna up to our own bodies, everything runs on mathematical logic. To call for the abolition of it would be certifiably insane. Quoth Roger Bacon:
30th Aug '17 6:53:47 PM nombretomado
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* Averted by Stacey [=McGill=] in the BabysittersClub series, who actually enjoys math and is very good at it. In opposition to the Mean Girls example above, she even makes herself appear SMARTER in math than she really is (or at least AS SMART as she really is, as opposed to dumbing herself down to attract a guy) to try and attract the attention of her Student Teacher Math Teacher, Wes Ellenburg. The BSC Series plays the trope terrifically straight with Claudia Kishi.

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* Averted by Stacey [=McGill=] in the BabysittersClub series, ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'', who actually enjoys math and is very good at it. In opposition to the Mean Girls example above, she even makes herself appear SMARTER in math than she really is (or at least AS SMART as she really is, as opposed to dumbing herself down to attract a guy) to try and attract the attention of her Student Teacher Math Teacher, Wes Ellenburg. The BSC Series plays the trope terrifically straight with Claudia Kishi.
7th Aug '17 2:27:00 PM Snipertoaster
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* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'''s class 3-E seems to have the most problems with mathematics, with 8 of its students listing it as their weakest subject. Thankfully, they have [[CoolTeacher Koro-sensei]] to alleviate that.
24th Jul '17 5:35:40 PM Gosicrystal
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Many people just have brains that are not wired to do math well, just as there some people who are good at music, some at drawing, some at writing, some at language, some at machines, some at manipulation, some at planning... Real world true polymaths, especially ones who branch between highly different fields, such as poetry and mathematics, or strategy and mechanics, are rare.

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Many people just have brains that are not wired to do math well, just as there are some people who are good at music, some at drawing, some at writing, some at language, some at machines, some at manipulation, some at planning... Real world true polymaths, especially ones who branch between highly different fields, such as poetry and mathematics, or strategy and mechanics, are rare.
16th Jun '17 8:04:16 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': [[BookDumb Stumpy]] hates math more than any other subject and has difficulty counting higher than the number four.
12th Jun '17 3:01:18 AM jormis29
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* Detective Shunpei Kusanagi of Keigo Higashino's novel ''The Devotion of Suspect X'' absolutely dreads learning math, which was his worst subject in high school, and consequently majored in sociology in university. His friend, Manabu Yukawa, is physics professor and frequently uses his knowledge of science and math to help him solve cases, and has the nickname of "Detective Galileo".

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* Detective Shunpei Kusanagi of Keigo Higashino's novel ''The Devotion of Suspect X'' ''Literature/TheDevotionOfSuspectX'' absolutely dreads learning math, which was his worst subject in high school, and consequently majored in sociology in university. His friend, Manabu Yukawa, is physics professor and frequently uses his knowledge of science and math to help him solve cases, and has the nickname of "Detective Galileo".
6th Jun '17 7:17:14 PM nombretomado
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* At [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the WhateleyUniverse, math is [[PersonOfMassDestruction Tennyo's]] worst subject. She dreads her genius brother finding out. On the other hand, Phase is a freshman and is taking trigonometry with the juniors and seniors. And there are the MadScientist types who have already placed out of all high school math. Also, [[EldritchAbomination Carmilla]] created a theory of mutant powers based on post-doctorate level mathematics. (Of course, this one's kind of justified by her having already ''had'' an not entirely uneventful adult human life before turning into what she is now. Adding the superhuman processing power of her new form to that can't have hurt.)

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* At [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, math is [[PersonOfMassDestruction Tennyo's]] worst subject. She dreads her genius brother finding out. On the other hand, Phase is a freshman and is taking trigonometry with the juniors and seniors. And there are the MadScientist types who have already placed out of all high school math. Also, [[EldritchAbomination Carmilla]] created a theory of mutant powers based on post-doctorate level mathematics. (Of course, this one's kind of justified by her having already ''had'' an not entirely uneventful adult human life before turning into what she is now. Adding the superhuman processing power of her new form to that can't have hurt.)
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