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Lockhart's Lament

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Author:Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)
Description: Keith Devlin writes in his March, 2008, column: "This month's column is devoted to an article called A Mathematician's Lament, written by Paul Lockhart in 2002. Paul is a mathematics teacher at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York. His article has been circulating through parts of the mathematics and math ed communities ever since, but he never published it. I came across it by accident a few months ago, and decided at once I wanted to give it wider exposure. I contacted Paul, and he agreed to have me publish his 'lament' on MAA Online. It is, quite frankly, one of the best critiques of current K-12 mathematics education I have ever seen. Written by a first-class research mathematician who elected to devote his teaching career to K-12 education." See also this discussion of the piece, hosted by the Math Forum.

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Ed Topics: Educational Systems

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