I’ve been playing with my daughter’s colouring books. We have crayons and we colour in together. I didn’t realise just how much it stifles creativity. The lines force you to colour in the shape that someone else has drawn. I’ve been thinking that school is a lot like that. You are forced to colour in what someone else, often a lot of someone elses, consider to be Math in Math. Even though literacy, history, science and a lot of other subjects are in there too, the Math you do in Math is the teacher’s, the curriculum writers’/the syllabus writers’, the school’s idea of Math coloured by history. There’s no space to reinterpret or challenge what counts as Math. Much like my daughter’s colouring in books.