Euclid’s Elements is the most successful and influential mathematics textbook ever written, served as the foundation of mathematical understanding for students for over two millennia, and stands as one of the greatest and most beautiful achievements of the human intellect produced by Western civilization. While it’s obvious that the Elements ought to stand at the center of a classical approach to math, it’s not at all obvious how to teach a class from the Elements. This talk aims to share practical reflections arising from several years of experience teaching geometry from Euclid, as well as some reflections on what this book has to teach us about that nature of mathematics and math instruction across the curriculum.
Arron Kau is Mathematics Department Chair at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, where he lives with his wife and four children. He has previously worked in Mathematics and Humanities at The Ambrose School in Boise, and also as Mathematics Curriculum Director for Brilliant.org, an online math and physics problem-solving community with millions of members.