This is an important TED talk by Conrad Wolfram, one of the founders of the company that brings us Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha, among other products. He is on a mission to change the way that people think about math education. Obviously, Excel and Mathematica are very different tools. But they’re also very similar in many important ways.
I would encourage you to watch this video and reflect on the math lessons that you learned in high school and may still be learning at Middlebury.