What is the purpose of a mathematical education?

Mathematical education equips students with the knowledge to help them them function in daily life, develop their rational faculty, become able to acquire new knowledge as needed, be responsible citizens and develop lucrative careers.

Ayn Rand writes:  “The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life—by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality.

The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove.

He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past—and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort.”

Here is a audio interview with Ayn Rand on education issues.      Ayn Rand on Education.