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https://blogs.ams.org/matheducation/2019/02/14/mathematics-gatekeeper-or-gatewaySome recent writers on mathematics education have been talking about mathematics as a field enjoying ’unearned privilege’ as a ‘gatekeeper’ in our society. The more I think about it, the less sense this makes.

written by Mark Saul

So the question is: What is mathematics: A necessary evil or the universal language physics is written with?

If you tune in on a random tv quiz show and wait for a "mathematical" question, usually some very basic algebra, chances are that it will be accompanied by a comment "how bad someone was in 'math' at school" or a similar fishy statement. People seem to be proud of their ignorance when it comes to mathematics. Why is it so? Or is my observation a local one?

Moreover I like to claim, that 'math' at school is usually calculations, not mathematics! Shouldn't we start to teach mathematics instead? E.g. explain why the exponential function is crucial to integration, instead of partial fraction decompositions?