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The Level of High School Mathematics Education in France 220 Years Ago

Whenever new PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) results are announced, or some journalist writes a piece on the latest state of French baccalauréat exams, many people take a critical look at educational matters and make comparisons. I think a little example from the dusty pages of the history of mathematics can shed some light at the level of high school education in France back in 1800s, that is, almost 220 years ago. Who knows, it might even give some inspiration to people who want to check their standards.

The example is about the famous German mathematician Gauss: He wrote a remarkable book in 1798, humbly titled as “Disquisitiones Arithmeticae” (“Arithmetical Investigations”). The book was first published in 1801, and only 6 years later it was translated into French and published in 1807 as “Recherches arithmétiques“.

The translator of this important book was Antoine Charles Marcelin Poullet-Delisle, a math teacher at a high school: Lycée d’Orléans. Another French high school teacher, Louis Poinsot, wrote a long review about the translation in a daily newspaper on 21 March 1807, Saturday. Poinsot was a mathematics teacher at Lycée Bonaparte in Paris, just like the French translator of Gauss’s book.

The archives of the daily newspaper where Poinsot published his review of “Recherches arithmétiques” is available online at DigiNole Home » FSU Digital Library » Napoleonic Collections » Le Moniteur universel » Moniteur universel

And you can read the review on the second page of the newspaper: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 11, 2019 in Math, Tarih


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How Students Should be Taught Mathematics

After completing the online ‘How to Learn Math‘ class give by Prof. Boaler from Stanford University, I wanted to note down many valuable references, resources and 1-page summary provided, so that I can use them in the future. (You can read another blog entry related to this: Impressions after completing the ‘How to Learn Math’ class.)

"Please submit a word that, in your opinion, describes the most important aspect of a student's ideal relationship with mathematics."

“Please submit a word that, in your opinion, describes the most important aspect of a student’s ideal relationship with mathematics.”

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Posted by on September 1, 2013 in CogSci, Math, psychology


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Education at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators

Education at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators is a 440 pages long document (PDF) that can satisfy the appetite of data, statistics and visualization enthusiasts who are also curious about countries and their educational aspects. According to the official announcement:

OECD’s annual Education at a Glance looks at who participates in education, what is spent on it, how education systems operate and the results achieved. The latter includes indicators on a wide range of outcomes, from comparisons of students’ performance in key subject areas to the impact of education on earnings and on adults’ chances of employment.

Below you can see some charts that drew my attention (not shown here but statistics and charts showing how much each country spends on education are also very interesting and detailed):

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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Science


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Results of the survey: Why don’t we have secondary school textbooks with source code in them?

As a person who has spent some years teaching children introductory programming, computational thinking and creativity, I have recently asked a simple question and published a very short survey: “Why don’t we have secondary school textbooks with source code in them?” I wanted to know what different people in different countries think and what their experiences were. I promised to publish the results after collecting a reasonable amount of data.


So far 43 people have answered, and I think it is time to look at the data briefly. One of the questions was related to the past experience of people. I wanted to know whether they used textbooks with software source in their secondary education:

isUsedApparently, out of 43 people who have answered, only 2 of them had the chance to have used such textbooks during their education. The questions that followed were “What was the subject of the book(s)?”, “What programming language was used  in the book?”, “What year was that?”, “Who was the author?”, and “Who is the publisher?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Programlama


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Why don’t we have secondary school textbooks with source code in them?

One of the primary reasons I started programming was a textbook: When I was 12, back in 1988, we had a mathematics textbook that included short but self-contained programs. I and a few friends came together and tried out those programs. It made sense and was a lot of fun. We got into programming.

I don’t see such textbooks anymore. But I’m just one person with limited reach to many countries, their schools and books.

Why don’t you help us find out if there are such books, in any subject matter, that include short program source code samples at the end of their chapters?

Please fill in this short survey: “Where are the textbooks with source code?“; it will take less than 5 minutes, and the aggregated results will be published after a few hundred forms are filled in.


Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Programlama


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