I have been complaining for many years how badly mathematics is being taught in our American schools (because of bureaucrats, not teachers). Topics and exposition aimed at making math look boring, uninspiring, routine, void of imagination. Here is the latest example: homework for a 12th grade class in calculus(!):
Notice the utter triviality and banality of all problems, but especially 1 and 2. Also notice that the students were assigned to do BOTH 6 AND 5, 7 AND 8!