[plt-scheme] mathematicians lament

From: Grant Rettke (grettke at acm.org)
Date: Thu Nov 19 10:45:10 EST 2009

On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 9:28 AM, Jon Rafkind <rafkind at cs.utah.edu> wrote:
> This is a comment on the state of teaching mathematics. I'm not sure how old
> it is but a few parallels can probably be drawn to computer science (or
> maybe will be drawn in a few years). The first 3 pages are pretty amusing,
> at least.

Notable points:

p5. Mathematics is the art of explanation.
p6. Math is not about following directions, it is about making new ones.
p7. It isn’t doing anyone any good having vague memories of formulas
and clear memories of hating them.
p11. Teaching is not about information. It’s about having an honest
intellectual relationship with your students. Teaching means openness
and honesty, an ability to share excitement, and a love of learning.
p21. Mathematics is about removing obstacles to our intuition, and
keeping things simple.

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