chapter  8
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LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD: SYMBOLS IN CONTEXTS

It is of democratic importance, to the individual as well as to society at large, that any citizen is provided with instruments for understanding the role of mathematics [in society]. Anyone not in possession of such instruments become [a] ‘victim’ of social processes in which mathematics is a component. So, the purpose of mathematical education should be to enable students to realise, understand, judge, utilize and also to perform the application of mathematics in society, in particular in situations which are of significance to their private, social and professional life.