I want to take a moment to say something important. I have worked internally as a security engineer responsible for fielding random security reports like this from the outside. I have also submitted reports like this to companies, in bug bounties and as a courtesy with no expectation of a reward. I have been on both sides of the table. The response I received is not appropriate whatsoever. There is never a reason to begin a conversation like that by being so defensive. I know people send lots of superfluous security reports, because I’ve had to receive them. But I’ve never started the conversation by being antagonistic — this is not an excuse for reacting like that.
Students deserve schooling experiences that bring them joy and happiness. This will even suffice as a utilitarian argument, for these traits will outlast narrow knowledge gains and make a more positive impact on the world. In its purest form, mathematics is the perfect expression of human thought that marries logic with creative expression. There is much beauty to seek in the learning and teaching of mathematics. Is that not reason enough?
Earlier this week I read through my PhD dissertation. My research was in an area of Pure Mathematics called Functional Analysis which, in short, meant it was self-motivated and void of tangible real-world application. I submitted the thesis in 2011 and after a successful ‘defense’ made a swift exit from research mathematics.