There was a recent editorial in the New York Times called "Who Says Math Has to Be Boring?"
One of the arguments in the article is that abstract math is too hard and boring and that if school curriculum was focused more on "real-world" problems and applications of math, more people would be interested in mathematics. What do you think? Is there any problem with "school math"? Would it be better if there were more real-world/applied problems in math class?