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The Present Teaching of Mathematics in Germany: Chapter XII. Commercial Problems in the Higher Schools of Germany


by David Eugene Smith & W. F. Enteman - 1912

In this review of a report on the “Commercial Problems in the Mathematical Instruction of the Higher Schools,”i will be found, as in the original publication, (a) some discussion of the field of commercial problems, (b) a brief review of text-books, both old and new, (c) a discussion of the important aids in teaching the subject, and (d) some general conclusions. One of the aims of the report is to call attention to the cause for the existence of commercial problems in the mathematical instruction in Germany. The German Minister of Education has said, “Not book knowledge but understanding of life is desired.” Shall the schools tackle the question? Those who believe the object of schools is the education of young men for citizenship answer in the affirmative; those who believe the school is for the intellectual only answer in the negative. In the opinion of Dr. Timerding commercial problems have a meaning from either standpoint, and in support of this view he makes the following statements.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 13 Number 2, 1912, p. 78-90
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10156, Date Accessed: 10/19/2019 11:34:05 AM

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