Professions in which mathematics plays a role are found to be particularly attractive in comparative studies.

Professions in which mathematics plays a role are found to be particularly attractive in comparative studies.

Virtually all key technical developments go hand in hand with mathematics. Math graduates work for well-known companies like Google and Facebook. Professions in which mathematics plays a role are found to be particularly attractive in comparative studies. As a society, we cannot afford to spoil the joy of mathematics for children in schools, “says Eichmair.

But what is taught in the mathematics lesson often has far too little reference to everyday reality, criticizes the statistician Erich Neuwirth. He caused a sensation in the summer after the Federal Presidential election was repealed by the Constitutional Court by calculating that the probability of election manipulation is 0.000000000132. That’s about a thousandth of the probability of winning the lottery. Neuwirth is convinced that calculating something like this would also interest the students. That is why he advocates a central office, for example in the Ministry of Education, which should provide current tasks for the schools as a “rapid reaction force”. “Because the school books can’t be up to date.” Neuwirth also criticizes the fact that too little work is done on computers in schools. “On the computer I can handle the tasks experimentally and playfully and see how I find the solution.”

So does mathematics, as it is taught now, rightly have a bad reputation? Yes and no, say the Innsbruck experts from “Math – Cool!”. “Yes, if only the question ‘How to calculate something?’ is answered and not the question of ‘why’ is asked; if mathematics is understood only as calculating according to certain schemes. No, if mathematics is understood as getting to know, discovering and formulating connections and, associated with this, finding them – not that Memorization – of methods of determining certain quantities. “

Rightly feared

However, one group of people rightly fears numbers regardless of the quality of the teaching. Those three to six percent of the population who suffer from dyscalculia. In these people, the part of the parietal lobe of the brain that is responsible for processing quantities and mathematical symbols does not work as it does in others, explains Roland Grabner, talent researcher at the University of Graz. You can recognize this very special performance weakness when children have massive problems dealing with numbers from the start, but otherwise perform normally at school. Anyone who cannot build a basic understanding of numbers and quantities as a result has a problem with further learning to calculate.

If someone suffers from dyscalculia, games can help them understand numbers. There are also first attempts to additionally stimulate those parts of the brain that are working deficiently with very weak, barely perceptible direct current.126helpme reviews Research on this is still in its infancy, says Grabner. “But the awareness that teachers need to know about dyscalculia is growing.” Grabner also refers to surveys that show that mathematics “is the only school subject with its own fear”. 17 percent of the respondents have “above average” and three to four percent even “extreme fear” of math. “In these people, the brain areas that are also responsible for pain perception are activated before math tasks. While these people solve the tasks, the activity drops but again in this area of ​​the brain. “

If you are still tinkering with the mouse over the task: You calculate one meter divided by 6.4 (two pi). That makes a little more than 0.15 meters, i.e. 15 centimeters. A mouse can easily get through there.

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Oliver-Berg Mon., Feb. 13, 2017 11:11 am

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As long as one accepts teachers in schools who are not able to clearly convey the school material to the children entrusted to them, the subject and / or the teachers will also be afraid of it. But there are also students who unfortunately have too little talent and who are not encouraged enough by the teachers either. A former victim.

Rigi999 Sun., Feb. 12, 2017 10:07 am

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Spread such nonsense !!! In this subject in particular, the teacher is particularly challenged to explain the subject to the children accordingly and not, as it was 50 years ago: Eat or die “(as is still the case today in middle school). Explain so that everyone understands, that is all!

strizzi1949 Sun., Feb. 12, 2017 9:23 pm

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Yes, and that’s exactly what this article describes! I think you have a problem with meaningful reading!

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The end for the

Nursing recourse

had been decided last summer. A mistake, says Governor Hermann Schützenhöfer.

The Styrian Governor

Hermann Schützenhöfer

(ÖVP) sees the abolition of the

Nursing regress

one mistake: “I would not have done that,” he said in an interview with the “Kleine Zeitung” (Saturday edition). To finance the system, he calls for long-term care insurance: “Care costs eight billion euros per year. Therefore, there must be some kind of compulsory insurance.”

Off for the nursing recourse

The end of the care regress was decided last summer in the election campaign in the National Council with a large majority – and also the approval of the ÖVP. So far, the government has promised the federal states only 100 million euros as a cost reimbursement for the elimination of the nursing recourse and has included it in the budget. However, the federal states assume additional costs of at least 500 million euros and are demanding full compensation. Negotiations with Finance Minister Hartwig Löger (ÖVP) are to begin in April.

“Don’t throw away your nerves now, because otherwise the liberals might do that”

He had “fiercely fought internally,” said Schützenhöfer about the abolition of recourse. “The state is on the verge of taking the elderly away from the families. Because it would be an imbalance if we absolve those who put their parents into the home of all responsibility, while we burden those who lovingly care for them at home.”

Schützenhöfer sees the start of the new federal government as “successful”. But “of course there are also crumbs,” he admitted: “I didn’t long for the debate about the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the smoking ban.” The FPÖ wanted the withdrawal of the smoking ban by all means. According to the governor, the FPÖ is still struggling with its role as the ruling party: “It has to take the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which is long and difficult.” You shouldn’t “throw away your nerves now, because otherwise the Freedom Party might do that”, but Chancellor and ÖVP boss Sebastian Kurz is doing it “well” anyway.

Sharp criticism of ÖVP

Carinthia’s social affairs officer, Landeshauptmann-Stv. Beate Prettner on the remarks on the abolished nursing regress from the ranks of the federal ÖVP and, as today, from Styrian Governor Hermann Schützenhöfer.

“Especially now at Easter, one of the highest Christian celebrations, to question the irrefutable correctness of the abolition of the nursing congress, to speculate with its reintroduction and to philosophize all possible and impossible models to be financed by people in need of care and their families themselves, fits perfectly not to a supposedly Christian social party by its own definition ”, said Prettner.

“The additional costs due to the abolition of the nursing recourse are to be paid to the federal states and thus to the people affected by this federal government.”

Prettner calls on Kurz, Schützenhöfer and Co. to reflect on their Christian values ​​and to provide the necessary tax funds to ensure comprehensive, humane care and support for all Austrians, regardless of their social or ideological position. “The additional costs resulting from the abolition of the nursing regress are to be paid for by this federal government to the federal states and thus to the people affected! There is nothing to be fooled about ”.

SPÖ federal women manager and deputy SPÖ Federal Managing Director Andrea Brunner notes on the part of the ÖVP new tendencies towards the reintroduction of the nursing regress. After Finance Minister Löger had already made hints towards the abolition of the nursing regress, the Styrian ÖVP governor is now out to criticize the abolition of the nursing regress. “And that’s not all, Schützenhöfer pits those who are cared for at home against those who are cared for in the nursing home. That is a particularly unsavory cold-heartedness, ”emphasizes Brunner

Missing financing concept?

She suspects that the ÖVP is now talking badly about the abolition of the nursing regress because they have no financing concept. At the same time, Brunner called for improvements to care at home, such as an increase in the care allowance and the subsidy amount for carers in 24-hour care.

Similar requests came from the Red Pensioners’ Association: General Secretary Andreas Wohlmuth called for an increase in the care allowance in all care allowance levels, a “significant increase” in the subsidy amount for 24-hour care and tax improvements.

Ombudsman Günther Kräuter also drew attention to the fact that, with the abolition of the nursing recourse in institutions, nursing within one’s own four walls was suddenly more expensive than the home and that countermeasures had to be taken. The care allowance must be increased by 30 percent, as he said in a broadcast. In addition, the federal subsidy for 24-hour care needs to be doubled. In the case of recourse claims that were still open on the key date, a uniform procedure throughout Germany was also a “requirement of fairness and equal treatment”.

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In the dispute over the costs through

the care recourse-off

The federal and state governments took a step towards each other on Monday

At a round of negotiations in Vienna, they at least agreed on the data basis on which the additional costs would be calculated. The federal states should now register their data, Finance Minister Hartwig Löger (ÖVP) wants to make a proposal by the governor’s conference in mid-May.

Costs still unclear

Neither the state representatives nor Löger wanted to commit to a sum that the federal government, which had decided to abolish the nursing regress in the election campaign, should pay. At a press conference after the round of negotiations, Löger basically admitted that the federal government would pay: “We have a clear responsibility in this regard to ensure that the differential costs in this area are offset.” When asked, he also admitted that the 100 million euros previously offered by the federal government “will probably not be enough”. But every other number that emerged in the course of the discussion – around 500 to 600 million euros from the countries have meanwhile been quoted – is not a basis either, because different factors have been factored in.

On May 1st, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz visited a nursing home:

It is precisely from this jungle of data and figures that the federal and state governments are now looking for a – common – way out. In the negotiation round it was therefore possible to agree which factors should be used in order to actually calculate the differential costs uniformly: It is about the direct loss on the income side, the costs due to the decline in self-payers and elements in the area of ​​disabled care.

The countries should now report their data by next Monday. The finance minister hopes that in around ten days at the LH conference he can put a proposal on the table with a sum of what the countries will get for 2018.

In any case, the negotiators tried to spread a friendly atmosphere on Monday: Löger appeared before the media together with Vienna’s City Councilor Renate Brauner (SPÖ) and Vorarlberg Governor Markus Wallner (ÖVP) and happily announced in official German that the timetable had been successfully completed ” to dynamize “. Brauner also spoke of a “very constructive meeting”. Wallner said the finance minister made a “considerable step” towards a solution today. It is an “important first big step”.

Decision on medium-term care system

In the next few months there should also be talks about the medium-term care system – keyword support for care at home – affirmed Wallner. Tyrol’s governor Günther Platter (ÖVP) also insisted on this against the APA. After today’s round of negotiations, he even spoke of a “breakthrough”. The finance minister made it clear that “the motto ‘who buys, pays’ is taken into account,” said the head of the country happily.

Incidentally, the federal and state governments also talked on Monday about other topics, such as the 15a agreement to expand childcare. According to Brauner, it was not disputed that the funding grants would definitely be implemented, albeit possibly in a simplified form. Most recently, there was irritation that, unlike in previous years, the federal government did not budget any funds for expanding childcare for next year.

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