A response to Stuart Reges “Why Women Don’t Code”

Today I opened up the Sunday Seattle Times newspaper for a relaxing read with my morning coffee. I noticed a little “letter to the editor” in which a professor from the University of Washington responded to women who had responded to his article about women in the computer sciences fields. As a new computer coding teacher I was immediately intrigued. I googled Mr. Reges’ article and read it. My primary thought as I was reading through his long article was, “huh”. I know, not very intellectual, but I am firmly perplexed by his apparent position that men and women have different brains and so choose different careers. I realize that the nature vs. nurture dialogue rages on and has for the past several thousand years but I was under the impression that the current brain research had debunked the idea that human brains are hardwired for one type of learning Read More →


Math or maths, if you will, is a funny subject. As you know from reading other mathfairy thoughts, I personally find math incredibly magical: The Fibonacci sequence in nature! Ten fingers and a base ten number system! Triangles! And I find that almost everyone I meet has very strong feelings about math. I was speaking with my 84 year old father recently. He’s quite brilliant. My parents are both amazingly smart, very articulate, well educated, you get the idea…my dad and I were discussing some of my latest teaching experiences and ideas about math in general. He was talking about how math is a language for the world. I, of course, had to proclaim my favorite quote, “mathematics is the language with which god has written the universe” from Leonardo da Vinci. And then, surprisingly, my brilliant father said, “yes, a language I don’t understand and never have.” I was Read More →