Ideas for reforming K-12 mathematics

I first saw this story on Slashdot.  Paul Lockhart’s Lament (PDF) appears to have been published in Devlin’s Angle, a column over at MAA Online.  There’s a follow-up piece too with some additional material.  It seems that the essay has made rounds before, but the Slashdot crowd got hold of it a bit late.  One can find many commentaries on it in the blogosphere.  Its relevance for me comes at a time when I have witnessed the pale shadow of mathematics taught in schools by teachers who don’t seem to remember or have never been taught how beautiful it can be.  Lockhart’s answer to “What is math good for?” is perhaps the best I’ve seen–I won’t spoil it for you.

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