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

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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Once in a while we read books that we just know are especially important, and that we know we will be thinking and talking about long after reading them. This book is one of them for me.

I am a returning adult student, and I am about to finish my training to become a math teacher. Having gone through my education program, my enthusiasm was just about completely drained, and I've been having trouble remembering why I ever wanted to become a math teacher in the first place. Why would anyone?

Paul Lockhart knows, and his book has reawakened my desire to help students discover the joy of mathematics. His argument is concise, and he makes it forcefully. His book is a joy to read, mainly because his understanding of the subject and his passion for it are clear in every page. He reinforces ideas I already had about how school sucks the life out of math (and all subjects), but he also challenges some of my opinions. I think this will happen with most people who read... Read more
When I began to read Lockhart's Lament, I was skeptical -- particularly with his view of mathematics as more of an art than a science. I am an applied mathematician, and I most enjoy teaching applied mathematics, but after serious and humble reflection, I came to fundamentally agree with Lockhart. Mathematics was developed as an expression of human creativity, and teaching it as such is really the only viable option for most students to be able to appreciate it and therefore fully apply it (if they ever need or want to).

As a relatively new mathematics teacher, I appreciate Lockhart's observations of the mathematics curriculum. I taught (college) trigonometry just before reading his Lament for the first time, and I was blown-away (and a little devastated) by the accuracy of his scathing description of that course:

"Two weeks of content are stretched to semester length by masturbatory definitional runarounds... students must learn to use the secant function, 'sec... Read more
This is an interesting indictment of our current system of mathematics education, a subject that I almost always enjoy reading about (I very nearly became a mathematics teacher myself not long ago). Lockhart makes his point clearly, eloquently, and succintly--this is a very quick read at only 140 pages of fairly large type.

I agree with much of what he says, though I do think that his claims sometimes go a bit too far: he doesn't seem to see much point in learning to add in an age of calculators, for example.

The main problem I had with this book is that, as far as I'm concerned, Lockhart doesn't offer up a viable alternative to the status quo. It's always easy to criticize, but it's a lot harder to come up with a better way of doing things. Lockhart does offer some ideas about how the ideal mathematics education should function: a mathematics teacher should be a practicing mathematician himself, and should be so engaged in the subject that he has no need for... Read more
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