I am curious about how the majority of non-mathematicians felt about mathematics throughout history. When did the general opinion on math start to become what it is today--namely, that math is boring and for geniuses and other things of this nature?
Of course that answer depends on the culture and time period. But I have a guess on when it started in the United States of America.
I suppose that my assumption that the general opinion towards mathematics is hostile was not granted. Most people know on some level of the importance of mathematics even if it isn't exactly their cup of tea.
After more thought, I realize that most people don't hate mathematics, but are merely apathetic towards it. Most know that it is important in some vague way, but it is not clear how what they learned in class actually translates to real life--besides basic arithmetic. However, I have witnessed that those who are currently schooling usually have one of two attitudes towards math.
There are those who are rather fond of it because they have found something in math that makes them happy and they keep finding new things. Then there are those who were once fond of math but then lose interest either because it became too repetitive or too challenging or unmotivated.
Nonetheless, the stereotypes I originally asked about are still prevalent in popular culture, especially in the U.S. (I don't know about the rest of the world.) Then a more accurate question would be this:
Were there similar stereotypical attitudes towards mathematics throughout history? Was there any strong general attitudes towards mathematics?
Once again the answer depends on the time and culture, so an answerer could just pick a time period they like or one could attempt to answer for many time periods. Whatever you wish.