Gábor Bojár: They are not only ignoring mathematics education, they are destroying it

The audio of our interview with Gábor Bojár, published on July 10, is now available to everyone.

On 4 July, Bojar addressed the wandering assembly of the Janos Bolyai Mathematical Institute on the direct economic benefit of mathematics education and the consequences for the country of the neglect of science education. According to Graphisoft’s founder, the IT revolution would have been an exceptional opportunity for Hungary, which has traditionally had a strong mathematical culture, but we missed it. Instead, we’re building battery factories for which we don’t have the technology, the raw materials, or the energy.

  • 03.00: Hungary can win XXI. century, it did not have to compete among the nations it loved, but it would have been among the richest if it had built on the best traditions of Hungarian mathematics.
  • 08.00: How did you manage to start software companies behind the iron curtain that already opened an office in Silicon Valley at the end of the eighties?
  • 10.00: Talent is a competitive advantage. Leading Hungarian programmers on the global market.
  • 12.30: Erno Nemecek raises his hat.
  • 14.00: Death of Judith Torok.
  • 15.20: Not only do they ignore maths education, they destroy it.
  • 17.00: We are building battery factories for which we have nothing and no money. Instead of building software, we have everything, and there’s money in it.
  • 19.00: State support for enterprises is completely meaningless, it does not lead to economic success. Education is the only cost.
  • 21.30: Politicians think only in terms of votes. He did not spend on education because it would not yield results within four years.
  • 24.00: Hungarian leaders also recognize the link between money invested in education and economic success. But they don’t care. Fidesz’s support is highest among the least educated classes, and this connection is particularly important for them.
  • 32.00: It is possible to create an environment where talent does not leave.
  • 34.30: If we pay footballers, we can pay math skills too.
  • 37.00: From the hundreds of billions paid to Vodafone and the interest on battery factory subsidies, the wages of all public education workers can be raised by HUF 300,000.
  • 41.00: It is not enough to pay teachers, we also need creative freedom and academic freedom.
  • 43.00: The government is preparing to leave the European Union. Viktor Orban was never a spirited member of the trade union because he could not stand if his power was limited.
  • 48.00: Not sure if he will formally quit, he could continue to cause trouble from within as an agent of the Russians.

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