In this editorial-style blog post, I would like to share an essay by Paul Lockhart published November 2014 by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). It is a piece that was brought back to my mind after having a great mathematically-focused STEAM conversation with one of Barrow’s Best and Boldest math teachers and fellow math nerd. Its style, length, and message may not be exceedingly palatable to many, but perhaps it will reveal to some folks a bit of the Art of Mathematics that has been shrouded from view for most people.
I think it is very well written and thought provoking, frustrating where it convicts me of the crime of hiding the beauty of mathematics from my own students for the sake of the curriculum, and yet evocative of the most powerful educational experiences that formed both my love and understanding of mathematics, real mathematics.
Enjoy and comment.