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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2012-08-15

"One of the most irritating things about being a mathematician in the United States is the tendency of the American educational system to leave its students convinced they hate mathematics, when they haven't actually seen any." -- [info] subnumine, "Mathematics: a Rant", 2008-11-16

If the assertion that students 'haven't seen any math' confuses you, the paragraph continues, "The 'mathematics' curriculum, up through high school, and all too often through the first years of college, when it is not practical to choose among courses, consists all too largely of rote unexplained drill, first through the four arithmetical operations, and then through a sort of higher arithmetic, ending up with calculus." This is better explained in the rest of the entry.

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