Everbody agrees that the Swedish school system does not work well, but nobody claims to understand why and to know what to do.
The principal goal of the Swedish school system is to secure that all students reach a certain minimal level as a minimal canon of Swedish and mathematics, and the big mystery why this goal shows to be so difficult to reach.
The question is why teaching simple arithmetics like 1/2 + 1/ 3 = 5/6 no longer works, when it worked so fine in the 1950s?
Let us seek an answer by first asking if knowledge and skill as the objective of schooling, has a different meaning in the IT-society of today than in the 1950s? A moment of reflection reveals:
- Knowledge and skill may have a large value on the market, if it is not shared by everybody.
- Knowldege and skill shared by everybody may have little value.
- variety of unique knowledge and skill to a variety of motivated students
- the same minimal canon to all students.
The above analysis also shows the strong potential of the mathematiccs education reform program BodyandSoul/MST as bringing unique knowledge and skill into the minimal canon of mathematics in standard engineering education.