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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk to University of Chicago professor Sian Beilock about parents’ and children’s math anxiety. Then elementary school teacher Matt Dicks reports from the first day of school while the wounds are still fresh. Plus, Rebecca Onion, Slate’s history writer, and her mother join us to answer a listener’s question about being a scholarship student at a private school, and parenting triumphs and fails.
This week on Slate Plus, Slate’s Julia Turner, editor in chief; Laura Moser, education writer; Doug Harris, director of technology; and Heidi Strom Moon, product manager, discuss their children’s first days of school.
Items discussed in the show:
- Slate on Virginia’s “Kings Dominion Law,” or, as Dan refers to it, “America’s finest law”
- “Intergenerational Effects of Parents’ Math Anxiety on Children’s Math Achievement and Anxiety” in Psychological Science
- How the Body Knows Its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment to Influence How You Think and Feel by Sian Beilock
- Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To by Sian Beilock
- “Square Root of Kids’ Math Anxiety: Their Parents’ Help” by Jan Hoffman and a test of your math anxiety in the New York Times
- Matt Dicks’ website
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Podcast produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Jessie Chasan-Taber.