Lockhart’s Lament

[Sadly, our present system of mathematics education is precisely this kind of nightmare.] 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, soul crushing ideas that constitute contemporary mathematics education.

Lochart’s lament

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