My kids were born mathematicians.
My eldest developed an interest in fluid mechanics when he was three, studiously observing the ripples that spread every time he dropped a pebble in a puddle.
Meanwhile, his younger brother set about testing geometric proofs by rolling toy cars down progressively steeper banisters.
But around the time they started school, their natural affinity for mathematics began to die.
The most relevant subject in their lives became the most inapplicable.
The most practical subject became the most abstract. The curious became boring.
Instead of wonder, maths only filled them with insecurity and frustration.
They’re not alone. Australia-wide, maths is suffering from an epidemic of disengagement, and a whole generation…