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I'm a little behind the curve here, but here's a good explanation for why math contests perpetuate myths that math is about an innate talent (meh) and that this innate talent is about solving problems really fast (wrong). Especially interesting is the section about the effect on women at the end...
I'm going to annoy quite a few people with this post, but I've been thinking about this for a while and it comes down to this: I think math contests for kids kind of suck. Here's the short versi......
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