Mathematics has a public relations problem in this country, particularly among some girls and women, according to Hollywood actress Danica McKellar.
"Nobody out there is saying that smart is sexy and smart is important," said McKellar, the co-author of a mathematical proof. "Role models like Paris Hilton have everything to do with why this country is being dumbed down. We need better PR."
It's a bigger problem for women, but it's certainly not unique to them. Being smart is just not cool. If you don't believe that, just look at the results of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. And if you don't believe it's a problem, just look at the results of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.