Mathematics is not only useful in solving problems, it is a source of delight and wonder, offering pupils intellectual excitement and an appreciation of the essential creativity and power that has been the contribution of so many remarkable people throughout history.
The history of mathematics is sidelined in the curriculum, and I think this is a missed opportunity. An appreciation of how administrators, priests, scholars and Ancient Joe Bloggs used mathematics to solve real problems is crucial for getting the bigger picture. Who gave us our mathematics and why? Children who appreciate the where, who and how of our mathematics curriculum will travel further in their doing and thinking about mathematics.
Leonardo of Pisa
Johann Sebastian Bach
Euclid of Alexandria
Vincent Van Gogh
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