Susan Slaughter

A Mathematician’s Lament

In Detritus, Everything on November 6, 2009 at 6:19 pm

“Have fun!” That’s what I would say to my two sons as they went off to school every day, from kindergarten on up to high school. And I meant it. I firmly believe that learning is fun. As I explained to my kids, if you are not having fun, you are probably not learning much so you should try to have fun.

My oldest son (now in college) recently sent me a link to the article, A Mathematician’s Lament, written by Paul Lockart in 2002. This clever and insightful article humorously describes how traditional education sucks all the joy and imagination out of the study of mathematics. Of all the topics taught in primary and secondary education, mathematics is certainly the most mangled and misunderstood; but the same rigid approach is applied to some extent to every field. I have even seen art taught that way!

So have some fun today, click here to read     A Mathematician’s Lament.

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