Am 01.06.2014 00:21, schrieb Ben Bacarisse: > > In the UK there is a system of external examiners whose role it is to > ensure that courses are of a suitable standard, and that assessments are > fair and comparable between institutions. Does anyone here know what > happens in Germany? >
We had such a system in the Kaiser and Nazi eras. France and England are still central states where the last word over th style of teaching mathematics is a matter of the political establishment in principle.
From the experiences of strict regulation, eg. the destruction of the German mathematics 1933-45 eg by trying to forbide to teach relativity, in the postwar German Federal Republic (West) the whole complex of culture, education and arts has been subjected only to administrational supervision with respect to financial control and appointment of officials by the states authorities. In nearly all apects the universities are democratic self controlled institutions.
The system is by far the best in the world as a compromise between a high level educational system and acadmic freedom or thought and speech. Anybody who is trying to forbide WM to circulate his absurde view of mathematics will be rebuffed by all courts in Germany. He can always declare his views it as a relgion, an art or a philosophy.
To make himself a laughing stock in the mathematical community is the right of every professor in Germany. Most mathematicians try to do the same if they make their comments about other sciences.
As it is with the rest of the population, about 10% of all professors, even highly appreciated specialists in their fields, are Fachidioten with respect to all other aspects of life, politics, culture and the other sciences. Nowhere the density of psychological aberrations is higher than in departments of abstract branches of sciences.