Is Mathematical Ability Genetic or Learnable?

Is mathematical ability determined by your DNA? Or, is mathematical ability something that is “learnable”?

According to this article at Lifehack.org, the way you answer this question is a tremendous factor in how successful you will be in mathematics courses.

Key quote:  “…the one key difference between students who are good at math and those who aren’t is simply that their belief in math as genetic, as opposed to a learned skill. Turns out, it’s much like a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you think your abilities in math are determined by your genes, chances are you probably won’t get that far. If you think math is learnable, chances are you’ll end up a calculus whiz.”

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