The Effects of Technology on the Mathematics Curriculum
Mathematics is one of a very small number of subjects which is, in most countries, taught to all students every year throughout many years of schooling. Why does society give us all this time — when it will do the same for almost no other subject? A variety of reasons is given for this unexpected phenomenon, and we wish to begin by mentioniing several of them. Mathematics is an essential part of human culture which the educational system is designed to transmit. This reason fits well into the traditional liberal education of Western Europe, as designed in the 17th and 18th centuries, with an emphasis on classics, literature, natural philosophy and mathematics. Mathematics is the best way to teach youngsters how to think; this purpose fits well into the ideal of encouraging students to go as far in their education as their talents and motivation will permit. Mathematics is beautiful; a personal aesthetic experience of mathematics which we fervently hope will become real to more than a small percentage of our children, associates well with progressive education, discovery learning, and individualised instruction.