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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 29 2013: well undoub"TED"ly maths is one of the most if not the most important subjects u will study. think of a situation your parents send you to the supermarket with cash and u do not know how much u have shopped in case there is a mistake in the bill. we see numbers everywhre. starting from ur bank acc number to the amount being credited or the tax being deducted.. if u have basic idea in maths all dis u will get. else ur payslip will look like a chinese magazine. beautiful but useless!!

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