Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics is most likely responsible for my love for math. It is a 6-week summer program for high school students which focuses on mathematics being an exploratory process rather than one of memorization. I’ve created some of my strongest friendships through this program, and have my utmost confidence in its ability to show high school students what mathematics really is.
Lockhart’s Lament is an essay by Paul Lockhart about the current state of affairs in the high school curriculum. He points out many flaws in the current system and proposes a few changes that might make math classes more interesting and a more accurate portrayal of what math really is.
Math is not linear is cool for two reasons. First, it presents the same basic idea that the math education system is not doing such a great job, and proposes some new ideas. Second, it does so with Prezi.