As a parent, I feel as most do a heavy sense of responsibility regarding my children’s mathematics education. The importance of a good mathematics education could not be emphasized more in our highly technological society. Demonstrable mathematical ability opens doors to opportunities today more than any other time in history. Yet it seems that this societal emphasis and responsibility has not done much to help parents attempting to provide their children with a deep, meaningful understanding of mathematics. Home educating parents have an unprecedented (dizzying, really) choice of curriculums and teaching aids. Still, many parents watch their young children struggling to understand mathematics, developing negative attitudes toward mathematics, and there is often a valid fear of parents that their own negative attitudes toward math will be passed on to their children.
A. Adler quote taken from Mathematics and Creativity, in The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics, (T. Ferris, ed), Little, Brown and Co, 1991, p. 435