Mathematicians call better math class

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Mathematicians call better math class

School to deal with real-life problems

Two leading German mathematicians who criticized the practice of math teaching in the TIME. "When I look at today, the textbooks, I could 20 or 30 per cent, slightly out highlight", said the head of the Fraunhofer Institute Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI), Ulrich Trottenberg.

Mathematicians call better math class

Year of Mathematics 2008

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And also the chairman of the German Mathematical Society, Günter Ziegler wants to initiate a livelier mathematics education that teaches not only formulas and phrases, but deals with real-life problems. "The math class in school is not just for those who want to study mathematics later," Ziegler said the TIME.

Yesterday, Federal Research Minister Annette Schavan has opened the Year of Mathematics officially in Berlin. Unlike in recent years, science will be to improve the education in this "horror specialist" in Math year focus. This has the Telekom Foundation the task of the co-organized the year.

"When it comes to the involvement of schools, the Ministry of Research has to hold back. That falls within the remit of the so countries, "says the CEO of the Foundation, Ekkehard Winter, the TIME. "A foundation can act as unprejudiced." With various projects the Foundation student wants to address all types of schools, such as the Mathematical Olympiad and Kangaroo competition.

But the activities should not end with the Year of Mathematics. "I think now is in everyone's mind the belief exists that science years should not be a flash in the pan, but that they have to trigger something that continues to act," says Winter.

Junior for mathematics

And a new enthusiasm for mathematics is essential: "For now there is a noticeable lack of graduates. This is dramatic for a country that has to rely on high technology, "Ziegler warned in an article for the Foundation Youth research and identified as an objective in the future use of the potential mathematically gifted young people more effectively. There must therefore be a matter of inviting you to discover and try out math and make it visible that much is math and needs, of which one was not thinking that.

According to Ziegler competitions have as Youth Research an immense importance in the promotion of young talent: "For many active mathematicians of my generation began their way in the science of the competitions. There they have developed their skills, gathered ideas, fueled confidence -. And found friends "His research threefold participation in youth is extremely stimulating and motivating been, they have had great influence on his life. After his victory in 1981 with federal thesis on convex polyhedra had then been clear to him: "Math is fun, I can, I will."

Research-based learning, as research in youth is common Ziegler holds for an example, when it comes to the placement of mathematical learning content in the school: "I want a lot more self-confidence in children and adolescents to try something. Curiosity is important, interest is important spots, Good question 'you have to learn - and through it-yourself, otherwise will not do, "he also learning new things in mathematics not by any books he distinguished himself..

(TIME / Stiftung Jugend forscht, 24.01.2008 - DLO)


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