A NEW CURRICULUM BUT FOR WHICH OF THE 3×2 KINDS OF MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

An essay on observations and reflections at the ICMI study 24 curriculum conference

As part of institutionalized education, mathematics needs a curriculum describing goals and means. There are however three kinds of mathematics: pre-, present and post-‘setcentric’ mathematics; and there are two kinds of education: multi-year lines and half-year blocks. Thus, there are six kinds of mathematics education to choose from before deciding on a specific curriculum; and if changing, shall the curriculum stay within the actual kind or change to a different kind? The absence of federal states from the conference suggests that curricula should change from national multi-year macro-curricula to local half-year micro-curricula; and maybe change to post-setcentric mathematics.