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Maths education and other nonsense
Though most of our time and effort is devoted to presenting beautiful and engaging mathematics, we have worked hard critiquing mathematics that is unbeautiful or unengaging, or plain dumb.
For a number of years we (and a very few others) have been strong and prominent critics of the endemic idiocy in Australian mathematics education. It is also clear that our numerous articles have had zero effect. Nothing has changed significantly for the better and there is no reason to be hopeful for the future. We have little doubt that our critique of the 2013 and 2014 Methods exams will apply, mutatis mutandis, in 2020, that our textbook reviews ..., and on and on.
Why is is this stupidity so stubborn? In a word, because it is institutionalised. Those in power are so immersed in the stupidity that they cannot sense it; they have no appreciation of the depths of their ignorance of mathematics and mathematical thought, and of plain common sense. These people are absolutely well-intentioned and they are arrogantly clueless.
Below are some of our critical columns, articles and reviews (including a couple unpublished critiques). They may have done nothing to improve mathematics education, however they have irritated many of the right people, which has given us no end of pleasure. We hope and trust that they will at least serve this purpose for many years to come.
The Australian curriculum
Maths education experts
Martin Gardner and Mr. Hyde (20 October 2014)
The media lottery (31 March 2014)
Lies, Damn Lies and YouTube (16 February 2014)
Shooting log(fish) in a barrel (2 December 2013)
Will maths kill the rhino? (2 May 2011)
Newly done? Bernoulli done! (11 June 2012)
Numerology (golden ratio, decimals, etc.)
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