My brother is a pretty smart guy, taking a lot of mathematics courses and majoring in computer science in college. Bored, i typed his name into google and found a really interesting essay he wrote about how our current way of teaching math is flawed as well as an alternative that could have the average 9th grader learning calculus!

http://patrick.lioi.net/formal-systems/

The first fourth of it is why our education system is flawed, and the rest of it is about his alternative. Its a long, but good read, and i was wondering what everyone else thinks?

From personal experience, ive gone through all my math courses learning mathematics like a cookbook.

http://patrick.lioi.net/formal-systems/

The first fourth of it is why our education system is flawed, and the rest of it is about his alternative. Its a long, but good read, and i was wondering what everyone else thinks?

From personal experience, ive gone through all my math courses learning mathematics like a cookbook.

*This*is what you do here, and*this*is how you do this. Every time we started a new concept, id treat it as a new discipline and of course this makes things very difficult. Now that im taking Calculus, im starting to see whats going on behind the numbers, but its still difficult to visualize it because ive been taught mathematics in such a counter intuitive way.
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