Breaking Through the Mathematics Education System Despite Itself

James Tanton
Dec 28, 2018 · 10 min read

There is a psychological tactic employed by some classroom teachers following a strict curriculum: to bond with one’s students by casting the enforced textbook as a common enemy. “We’re in the system and this is the game we have to play,” is the sad and perhaps demoralizing approach to this. But if conducted with grace and care, elements of this psychological stance can be respectful, uplifting, and pedagogically good.

After all, any passage of text provides opportunities to question content, probe inconsistencies…