Heresy in math education

Jan Nordgren pointed me to this dissenting essay.

In fact, if I had to design a mechanism for the express purpose of destroying a child’s natural curiosity and love of pattern-making, I couldn’t possibly do as good a job as is currently being done— I simply wouldn’t have the imagination to come up with the kind of senseless, soulcrushing ideas that constitute contemporary mathematics education.

No wonder I have such a difficult time getting my students interested in statistics.

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1 thought on “Heresy in math education”

  1. I don’t recall learning anything in a math class until I went to college. I learned math from talking to my uncle and from reading books. I would never have majored in math if all I knew of it was my classroom experience.

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