My Interview with AoPS

AoPS recently interviewed me about my thoughts on math education and math contests. I shared a number of unconventional ideas around math education, including:

  • Math isn’t always fun. Learning often feels awkward and uncomfortable. If our mantra is “Learning is Fun!” what message do we send, when it clearly isn’t?
  • Using math creatively means students need to know why their algorithms work. Otherwise, it’s like telling a student how use red paint or blue paint, but never showing them how they combine to make purple.
  • Studying a math curriculum without participating in a contest is like going to soccer practice every day without ever playing a game.
  • Math contest rules are not the boss of you.
  • Normalize frustration. Did I mention that learning isn’t fun?

Click here for the full interview.


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