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?