# Potpourri hypothesis for math education

The **potpourri hypothesis for math education** states that when thinking about an ideal math education, there will be various interventions that each add value, instead of the ideal education being the result of a single big/coherent intervention.

potpourri model of improving math explanations: there's several distinct and independent ways to make explanations better, e.g. adding spaced repetition cards, writing the explanations more clearly, having good solutions manuals, having a support network like discord chats/tutors, having multiple choice quizzes, etc., and there is no single thing that will dramatically improve people's ability to understand math: you just add in more and more of these things, and they each help, and at the end of it, you've really done a lot, but there wasn't a "single idea", in the way that something like Braid or the Witness have a "single idea".

The alternative is like the kind of thing Michael Nielsen likes to talk about -- you want to find "the next writing" or "the next arabic numeral system". basically, a single technology that will dramatically improve people's way of thinking about math or whatever.