Lockhart’s Lament

I’ve mentioned this essay in one of my previous posts, but I think it’s worth calling special attention to. You should read this essay if:

  • You loathe mathematics
  • You adore mathematics
  • You’re indifferent to mathematics and don’t see what all the fuss is about either way

Lockhart uses a clear and witty style to describe what he considers the biggest problem with contemporary mathematics education: namely, the complete lack of mathematics. A lot of his points are equally applicable to all areas of education, not just math! It was a real eye-opener for me when I first read it, and I hope it will be for you, too.

P.S.: The original link appears to have been taken down, so I’ve replaced it with a different one. This is the link where I first found it.

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