Here is an excellent Ted Talk about how our Math curriculum is failing our students
He talks about how we, as teachers, expect students to conform to certain expectations and how we reward them for plugging answers into a specific equation.
Dan Meyers does an excellent job of giving an example of a typical Math problem. He breaks it down into different pieces to create discussion and debate among classmates. He brings in videos that allow for questions to be created and discussed and problems to be analyzed.
It is definitely worth your 15 minutes!
Check it out and let me know what you think :)