Paul Lockart looks at the vast chasm between what Mathematics is, and how it is taught - and laments that the teaching of mathematics seems to go out of its way to obscure its beauty and simplicity.
A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart
"...The first thing to understand is that mathematics is an art. The difference between math and the other arts, such as music and painting, is that our culture does not recognize it as such...
"Part of the problem is that nobody has the faintest idea what it is that mathematicians do... Nevertheless, the fact is that there is nothing as dreamy and poetic, nothing as radical, subversive, and psychedelic, as mathematics..."