## Why?

May 21, 2010 by John Scammell

This blog will be my attempt at communicating my thoughts about teaching high school math with whoever manages to find me here. I work as a high school math consultant, and whenever I have a session with high school math teachers, interesting topics of conversation come up. I will use this blog to share my thoughts about some of those things.

I wrestled with naming my blog for several days. Finally I decided to look back at some old University textbooks for inspiration. I pulled my Elementary Number Theory text out first, because it was one of my favorite courses. In it, I discovered a section called “Zero-Knowledge Proofs.” My first thought was that it was a perfect title, because far too many of the proofs I handed in during my time at University felt like they were backed by zero-knowledge. I read the section, though, and discovered that zero-knowledge proofs actually require some knowledge.

I stuck with the title, though, because I want to use this blog to share ideas and encourage discussion without getting up on my soapbox and sounding like I think I’m the expert. As such, the zero-knowledge proof title still seems appropriate to me. I don’t pretend to know it all, and am searching for better ways to teach high school math.

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on May 30, 2010 at 8:56 pm |JackieWelcome! I too wrote many zero-knowledge proofs (the kind where I didn’t have a clue, not the kind described in your text).

I look forward to reading.