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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.

WHY?

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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 25 2013: I want to rewrite math from scratch in such a way that not only is it highly learnable, it's so obvious how every single technique and concept is an analogy for real live things, that people who know it will use it in their lives all the time and thereby live smarter and better. Then a smarter and better society.

    The way math is written now, it's not important how concepts are analogous to real phenomena. We don't practice drawing those analogies. So naturally no one cares and no one really benefits. But math is "the discipline which compares the most diverse phenomena and finds the secret analogies that unite them" - Descartes. And it's powerful. So let's use it!

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