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Michael Froemmcke


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What does the average citizen need maths for?

I had a conventional education. In school and later at other educational institutions I was always just mediocre - but I became excellent at this - and as the years went buy I asked myself why the educational systems around the world seem to be promoting the same subjects.


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Closing Statement from Michael Froemmcke

I can understand that people, especially those who spent long years learning maths, are very passionate about the subject. Yet I am still not convinced that the actual outcome justifies the effort and, in some cases, pain associated with this subject. There seems to be widespread reluctance to even contemplate any alternatives, which reinforces my suspicion that most people are indoctrinated in believing that there is no good education without maths. I think the understanding of certain principles is far more important than an intricate knowledge of mathematics.... But this is just my opinion. Thanks to all the participants in this minor debate.

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    Jan 23 2013: Education is a powerful tool and I believe it is allways used by the powerful to exploit those at the bottom. Erroneously I had assumed that education was meant to enable people to claim ownership of their own destiny. Now, as an old man, I realise how stupid I was and still am. But I can certainly say that maths didn't help me to achieve anything. But having said that, not many other subjects were more useful. Humankind with all the mathematical and other knowledge has managed to lead us to the edge. Most scientists are in agreement about the poor state of our planet's atmosphere. Has this knowledge brought about change? This very fact is evidence enough for me that something went wrong in the educational systems that has deeply affected us.

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