Math makes me nervous. Anxious. Icky-feeling.
I failed math at least 3 times in my academic career. Then I went on to work in an advertising agency where, because of my naivete and desire to make it big no matter what job I was doing, I took a job doing media analysis (math) for a very powerful advertising firm every day. I lasted 6 months. I still get fidgety and giggle fearfully every time I am presented with something beyond basic math functions (finding percentages still makes me twitch).
When I began teaching, I met amazing math teachers, with whom I know I wouldn’t have failed. Granted, I’m 37 now and I probably wouldn’t choose to take a math class, but they are wonderful. Thank goodness the next few generations have a prayer.