A Mathematician’s Lament
A really beautiful little essay by Paul Lockhart about how we learn math now, and how we could do so, so much better.
[M]athematics is an art form done by human beings for pleasure! Alright, yes, it would be nice if people knew a few basic things about numbers and shapes, for instance. But this will never come from rote memorization, drills,lectures, and exercises. You learn things by doing them and you remember what matters to you.