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A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form

Running Press Book Publishers / 2009 / Paperback

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The politicians say, "We need higher standards." The schools say, "We need more money and equipment." They are all wrong. The only people who understand what is going on are the ones most often blamed and least often heard: the students. They say, "Math class is stupid and boring," and they are right.
--The Mathematician's Lament

The Mathematician's Lament is a powerful critique of K-12 math education, contrasting its current reputation as a subject to dread with one of mystery and wonder. Employing the analogy of a society where music and art are learned with the same soul-crushing tedium as math, Paul Lockhart passionately pleads for math to be taught as it is---beautiful and meaningful instead of mindless and trivial. Learn how mathematics should be taught: as an art, as a form of imagination, as the music of reason. 140 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 140
Vendor: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 7.5 X 5 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781934137178
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"One of the best critiques of current mathematics education I have ever seen."—Keith Devlin, math columnist on NPR’s Morning Edition

A brilliant research mathematician who has devoted his career to teaching kids reveals math to be creative and beautiful and rejects standard anxiety-producing teaching methods. Witty and accessible, Paul Lockhart’s controversial approach will provoke spirited debate among educators and parents alike and it will alter the way we think about math forever.

Paul Lockhart, has taught mathematics at Brown University and UC Santa Cruz. Since 2000, he has dedicated himself to K-12 level students at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, New York.

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Paul Lockhart became interested in mathematics when he was 14 (outside the classroom, he points out). He dropped out of college after one semester to devote himself exclusively to math. Based on his own research he was admitted to Columbia, received a PhD, and has taught at major universities. Since 2000 he has dedicated himself to "subversively" teaching grade-school math.

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