We're great at teaching our students the HOW. We're not so great with WHAT. (And don't get me started on WHY.)
Life regret: No one has ever grabbed my collar and demanded that I explain to them the essence of mathematics in one pop song.
"The science of patterns"? "The study of structure"? "The dumb subject with all the fractions"?
What would you do, if you could design high school math from scratch? Well... not what we do now.
Mmm... duct tape.
Monday mornings, I welcome my 6th-grade homeroom, then immediately turn around and teach 12th-grade “higher-level” mathematics.
What does an ostrich have to do with mathematics?