Proof School is a proposed San Francisco middle/high school (grades 7-12) which proposes to do three hours of higher math a day.
“THERE OUGHT TO BE A SCHOOL JUST FOR MATH KIDS,” WE SAID. “BUT THERE ISN’T ONE.”
THEN WE ASKED, “WHY DON’T WE BUILD ONE?”
It seems certain this will be a great school, given that people like Ravi Vakil, Mira Bernstein and Richard Rusczyk are involved.
But I can’t help but be slightly put off by the presentation. “We get math kids” is used as a kind of unifying slogan — in fact, it’s even trademarked! (I hope my quoting it here does not require some form of license.)
I think it’s bad for us to carve out “math kid” as a kind of kid, separate from all others. I think there ought to be an amazing school like the one Ravi and friends are building, but I don’t think it ought to be “just for math kids.”