lördag 21 november 2009
Is the Grant Too Small?
In a letter of November 17 to the Swedish Mathematical Union and Swedish National Committee for Mathematics I have asked for an initiative to take on the responsibility for mathematics education in Sweden, which was given up during the democratization of the 1960-70s.
To take on the responsibility would be awarded with $100 million as start up grant by the Minister of Education Jan Björklund, with more grants to follow.
So far, I have not received any reaction. Why? Is the grant too small? Is not the responsibility
for mathematics education to be assumed by mathematicians? Isn't a bit stupid to cut the branch we are sitting on? If mathematics education is taken over by non-mathematicians, what will then be the role of mathematics departments?