Last week was a very big week for mathematics. First of all, Bill Clinton made arithmetic the centerpiece of his speech at the DNC. While it may not be new to let arithmetic affect policy, it has been absent from politics for some time. John Stewart hailed its return saying I never thought I’d say this but I have missed …

## On Not Teaching Mathematics

A huge thank you to Jade, who referred me to this compelling argument for not teaching mathematics (or teaching less mathematics, or teaching it in a different way). Should we, as Gray argues in the link, dispose with the teaching of mathematics in elementary schools? Sadly, it would probably be a positive step. What I’d prefer to see, of course, is …