Watch this Ted talk on how maths can become more practical and more conceptual. Here is how Ted describes the talk:
'From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.'
You might not agree with everything that Conrad Wolfram has to say (I don't!), but it's certainly worth 17 minutes of your time to have a look.