1. General math education
  2. Advanced math education
  3. Math education in the vocational school
  4. Professional and science oriented math edu
  5. cation
  6. Math education for engineers and
  7. economists
  8. Math education for humanities students
  9. Math education for teachers

The head of the Program Committee was professor V.M. Tikhomirov (Moscow State University). Talks were correspondingly divided into plenary and sectional. Besides talks the Conference activities included Round tables on the urgent and most important problems of education. The overall attention was attracted by two major topics: a) the passage from final and entrance exams to general testing, b) the necessity of 12-year secondary school. The idea of 12-year school, originating from Russian officials, met the rejection of the overwhelming majority of speakers, which was clearly reflected in the Decisions of RCME. The general testing appeared even more problematic and the Conference contented itself in expressing a deep concern and recommended taking a special care in applying this new foreign technique on the grounds of Russia.

The geography of the Conference had about 40% share of participants from Moscow, and the location of the rest actually covered all the regions of Russia including a few foreign participants.

Before the opening of the Conference appeared in print the 400-page volume of Conference Thesis, which contains the account of most of the talks. There was also a publication of a series of scientific and educational brochures covering general math topics. The publication was carried out by MCCME. The publication of the Proceedings of RCME is forthcoming.

As a documentary outcome, the RCME has issued the Decision and the final Address, accepted by a vote of the delegates. In particular it was decided to assign to this meeting the number one, and to carry out such conferences on a regular basis. It was also decided to form, on the basis of the Organizing Committee of this RCME, the Public Commission on Mathematical Education, which will act between conferences as an advisory body. This Commission is currently charged with preparing suggestions on the project of creating the Russian Association of Mathematical Education. The President of Russia is asked to study the possibility of rising the salary of State educators. In an address to the Government there is a demand to make an independent expertise of the advisability of introducing the 12-year school and to ban the cutting down in the number of hours shared to mathematics in the secondary school.

The official web page of the Conference is http://www.mccme.ru/conf2000/, where more information can be found. The Organizing Committee can be reached at the address conf2000@mccme.ru.

Ivan Yaschenko
Vice-chairman of the RCME Organizing Committee
Moscow Centre for Continuous Mathematical Education (MCCME)
Bolshoy Vlasievskiy per., d. 11
121 002 Moscow, Russia
ivan@mccme.ru