Bitcoin Questions in Dutch Examinations

It’s a common discussion among professional educators – how to make your subject up to date and relevant to the modern world. After all there’s nothing to sound the death knell of learning than hearing students suggest that your subject is out of date or ‘pointless’. For some subjects it’s relatively simple to bring them into the modern world, subjects like languages and geography can have their curriculum brought up to date relatively easily.

Ironically though, it’s some of the most fast moving and advanced subjects that are more difficult to bring up to date for a variety of reasons. Obviously sciences like Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are vitally important and are changing all the time. Unfortunately that change comes at an advanced level and it’s difficult to bring those concepts into the more basic Pre-University curriculum.

It is possible though and many educators make a real effort to try and introduce modern examples and concepts into their lessons in order to engage more with their students. Mathematics is a prime example and it’s important to try and bring the formula, concepts and theorems to life with proper examples. After all explaining how mathematics might be used to help install sneaker proxies which can be used to start an Ebay empire from your own home will obviously interest a few cash strapped teenagers.

Furthermore bringing in any buzzword or up to date technology like Bitcoin will also help attract interest. It’s a lesson that the Dutch education authorities seems to be learning slowly and incorporating into their education system. Proof is to be seen from a translation of a Dutch examination which has been circulating around various social medias sites regarding Bitcoin questions in the Maths exam.

According to a rough translation of the test paper spreading on Reddit, college students were actually given the following question introduction:

” Bitcoin is actually a digital currency that simply exists online. It has already survived since January 1st, 2009, and can be utilized as settlement method in webstores and with regards to other online services. Bitcoin is not, like traditional cash, created by a central bank. Rather, all bitcoin that exist are simply produced by having computers take part in dealing with specific mathematical problems. This works as follows: everyone is able to run specific software on his/her computer that participates in working out such an arithmetical problem. The owner of the computer that solves the problem receives 25 (newly created) bitcoin as a bounty. Because it was the case that in 2014 such a problem is solved every 10 minutes, 25 new bitcoins were actually created each and every 10 minutes. On January 1st, there were (approximately) 12.2 million bitcoin.”

Considering from the preceding basic principles, students were asked to resolve 5 different mathematical problems. The questions asked that pupils “calculate in exactly what year the level of bitcoin went beyond 18 million,” “calculate from whichever year on the prize will be definitely below one bitcoin,” “identify the biggest quantity of bitcoin that could be in circulation,” in addition to presenting addition challenges built on the formula used to figure out the above mentioned questions.

Netherlands Warming to Cryptocurrency

Dutch High School Assessment Provides Bitcoin-Themed Questions. The test has already been provided to students complying with increasing appreciation of cryptocurrency on the part of Holland’s companies.  Now no-one is suggesting that just adding a few mentions of Bitcoin will turn the Netherlands into a crypto hub full of bitcoin entrepreneurs, however it can only help.  Making mathematics more relevant is vital to ensuring children become more engaged in the subject.   Teaching them about the maths behind Bitcoin or the algorithms behind a residential ips proxy which they can use to setup an Ebay shop online!

During March, the Law court of Amsterdam established that bitcoin posesses “properties of wealth” while adjudicating a civil rights case concerning an individual pursuing payment from an unfinished deal relating to bitcoin mining. The law court concluded that “bitcoin represents a value and is transferable” and “hence shows characteristics of a property right. A claim for remittance in Bitcoin is, consequently, to be regarded as a promise that qualifies for verification.”

Earlier this month, the minister of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, Rob van Gijzel, presented a nationwide blockchain study agenda, which had been ordered by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The ministry had established a designated task force, TopTeam ICT, tasked with evaluating the potential legal, economic, and ethical significances of disseminated ledger technology in the Netherlands.