Slate reprinted two answers Quora contributors offered to the question "What's wrong with math education?"
One answer came from a mathematics Ph.D. (and active member of the MAA's Golden Section) and one from a lawyer.
Here are some excerpts. From Alon Amit:
The textbooks are horrendous. They are massive, confusing, uninspiring, incredibly inefficient, and stupefyingly boring. I lack the expressive skills to describe how awful and misguided they are.
And from Neil Aggarwal:
Perhaps the worst consequence of the drilling paradigm is that students and adults have no ability to use the math they learned in school outside of the boxes within which they were drilled.
Read the responses in full.