Do not teach your students to imitate math

Mathematician’s Delight by English Mathematician W.W. Sawyer (1911-2008)

“It would, I suppose, be quite possible to teach a deaf and dumb child to play the piano. When he played a wrong note, he would see the frown of its teacher, and try again. But he would obviously have no idea of what he was doing, or why anyone should devote hours to such an extraordinary exercise. He would have learnt an imitation of music. And he would fear the piano exactly as most students fear what is suppose to be mathematics.”

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