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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.

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 29 2013: As for the used of the word "average", I referred to the concept (fell free to re read the 1st post).

    It's a mathmatic concept even before math was formalized as a science. Math describes how things are, doesn't create them.

    Average was a math concept before math, english or any language had a word for it ;). English just happened to pick average.

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