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On Numbers & Dyscalculia

In The Netherlands a new law dictates that students need to pass a mathematics exam in order for them to get their high school diploma. For students diagnosed with dyscalculia this proves to be true torture as even basic arithmetic tasks are sky high hurdles to take. Dyscalculia is the slightly lesser known twin brother of dyslexia and in stead of having difficulties with language, dyscalculia comes with a strong disability concerning anything to do with mathematics. Even looking at the clock to learn how much time one has left to finish an exam, or calculating how many days the month has left prove to be feats of strength. 

This week our next issue will come out, themed 'On Numbers' and is about the major importance numbers, data and numerical insights. We have come to the conclusion, however, that when we think, theorize and use number, we need both betas, gammas and alphas for that. Right now the focus is laid too much on the exact sciences, causing us to analyse numbers too biased. Last year Andrea Wiegman explained in her book 'De Tijdgeest Ontrafeld' the importance of cooperation between the humanities and the exact sciences; artists, linguists, mathematicians, physicists, philosophers and historians, all need to be included in discussions and questions about the future.

Interested in these topics? We give away two of both these books! E-mail us 41ONNUMBERS or TIJDGEEST! 

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