In the “personal experience” section of The Student Whisperer, Ms. Earle details a conversation she had with a student in which she explains that math is more than the systematic concepts we are taught in our textbooks. It is a philosophical search for truth. She is right. So much is left out of math courses these days-- ideas that would humanize mathematics for those that struggle.
At our house, we use math textbooks and systematic curriculum. I teach concepts in a logical progression. But we also read living math books as much as we can, eventually including Euclid and Newton. (I even found a book of math poetry, ha!) I am NOT a math person, but as a result of reading some of these books, I have a compelling desire to push through my computational and conceptual issues so that I can understand all aspects of this search for order in the universe. Because God likes math. How about that?