My journey through “A Mathematician’s Lament” was certainly put on hold for a while, but I am almost done! Below is a short reflection on Part 5.
Part 5 was about the teachers of mathematics: how math teachers should enjoy the subject they teach and be knowledgeable about the subject they teach. I agree; I believe math teachers, like any teachers, should be passionate and knowledgeable about the subject they choose to teach or at least be passionate about teaching, no matter the subject. From a student’s perspective, it yields for a much more enjoyable class if a teacher is honestly engaged is the class.
Part 5 also continued with the “argument” about what should be the basis of students’ mathematical education, i.e.: arithmetic or curiosity. To me, I think basic math skills are valuable and should be taught to children. It is easier to learn something at a young age. For example, don’t we all wish we had been raised bilingual? I do, at least. I do agree with Lockhart, however, that curiosity and helping students to become “good thinkers” is important and should be emphasized in the classroom.