"Society might be better served by leaders with a firm understanding of mathematics in the context of policymaking."
"What are some problems facing the world today? This provocative question has become the standard opening gambit in my math teaching. Students' responses include climate change, terrorism, HIV/AIDS, Asian flu, energy dependence, overpopulation, animal extinction and pollution. I go on to explain that a major goal of our math course will be to see how mathematics can be used to address these important societal issues. ... Society might be better served by leaders with a firm understanding of mathematics in the context of policymaking. By including in our math courses components that link mathematics to issues of social relevance, we can prepare and inspire our students to become these future leaders." - From Civic Matters Issue #2, Differential Equations and Civic Engagement
Professor of Mathematics
Note: Victor J. Donnay is co-principal investigator of the Math Science Partnership of Greater Philadelphia (MSPGP), 13 colleges and universities and 46 school districts working together to improve math and science education. Donnay's education course, "Changing Pedagogies in Math and Science Education," gives Bryn Mawr students the opportunity to participate in the educational re-form activities of the MSPGP. Further information about Donnay's differential equations course can be found at his web site.