Math anxiety remains a critical issue affecting student performance and confidence across grade levels throughout the world today. This paper looks at the impact of math anxiety and how students’ dispositions toward math from a leadership perspective and the real hinderance for them as learners in life in a STEM world. The paper shares data from a K-12 school on math anxiety levels and offers insights from a school principal who has served K-12 levels where math anxiety and discomfort levels of math are seen across the spectrum. This paper provides much research and recommendations of best practices for teaching math, leadership responsibility, and the use of math manipulatives to address the reality of math anxiety as we prepare our young people to compete for jobs in a STEM world. Research, best practices for teaching, strategies, and a survey are included.

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