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If I Could Write a Solution for Education...

May 6, 2011

...It would be to get rid of the finite degrees and certifications that are offered as the reward for paying outrageous sums of money for current higher education.

Degrees only mean that you have passed someone else's criteria... which is all in the past tense.The person evaluating you had to learn it... and then teach it to you.

Technology is part of our everyday world now, more so for the generation growing up.

Most academics are behind simply for lack of time to invest in learning new technology if not techno-phobic. But let's say they did set some time up and learned something useful for our current functional climate. It could take them a year to master the new technology and create a course that fits a model that would allow for someone else to assess its validity, get approval to present the course, and log it into a curriculum. Only after all that are they allowed to teach it. That would be at a minimum 18 months.

Technology doubles every 18 months. Hence the validity of that course is already extremely outdated by the time a student takes the course, to add to his degree, so that when they graduate they are totally antiquated.

Lets make education fluid. Set up universities as mentor/monitoring stations. No longer offering formal lecture classes but offering direction, resources, and recording students efforts, and the results of those efforts... so there is no end point.

Have 3 Ratings:

1. A Propensity to Learn Rating: This is how fast a person learns, unlearns and relearns, which is of course what this next generation is going to have to face in this rapidly changing world.

2. Communication Levels: Record of team building efforts, participation, public speaking, blogging, emails if submitted, how the social component of the individual interacts.

3. Record of Efforts in Action: Everything that you do that you wish recorded goes to the university database for component analysis. If you gardened for an hour... what are the skills used to create the garden. Planning, math on lay out, hand dexterity, ground workings, landscaping. Tons of components could be broken down for that one task. (I am thinking Taylor's manufacturing-processes level analysis.)

These then are searchable to anyone you give permission... such as making your resume available online & validated by the university.

Anything you wish the university to record of your research online, the books you read, you just connect to the system while you do it. The hours are logged.

If you have a Propensity to Learn Rating of 100 and spent 7 hrs doing something, but the down-the-street guy spent 7 hrs and had a rating of 200, the probability that he learned more from the experience is high.

Then when someone needs to find someone who would be good at doing widget configs that have never been done before they look for the components of a person's capability. Do they learn fast, can they work in a team, how good are they with their hands?

NOW we have something usable by corporations, students, and society. That is Education! Learning by doing and knowing everything you do is of value and encourage people to be lifelong learners.

Education would no longer be penalizing the doers and the ones without funds. No longer would the cookie-cutter drones turned out by academia somehow be MORE valid than the doers and the creators. Everyone would have access to a system of validity for whatever time they wish to have logged into the system.

There is nothing more outlandish than to tell someone who has been doing something for years and is expert at something, that they don't know what they are doing -- based on the fact that they haven't paid exorbitant amounts of money to get a piece of paper from someone who has spent only a fraction of their time "doing" the very same thing in which they are an expert.

Sorry, if I get a little Over-The-Top on this subject matter, but I HATE dysfunction.

Click-Here is Ray Kurzwell's TED talk about the exponential growth rate of technology.

Can't Answer a Question Not Asked

February 14, 2018

Education has taken all the fun out of learning.

I personally don't think I have left the four year old stage of asking Why? How Come? and What if? I love questions.

But education thinks that they should give you the questions and you are supposed to regurgitate the answers for them on a test and WAA LAA... You have now been educated.

Nothing is retained. Nothing is learned. But some one, somewhere now has a metric in which they feel is valid that you now know something. Wrong!

Having a question that you get answered has a wonderful endorphin effect on anyone.

The problem is no one wants to answer the questions YOU have. They want you to respond to their questions. Which of course has nothing to do with making life any more thrilling for you.

Education has to learn to instill questions. Get the "whys?" back in the classroom. You can't answer a question that has not been asked. You can't get the thrills of your curiosity being satiated if you haven't asked the question.

Watching children unsupervised you see they have curiosity about tons of things, but they want to figure it out by themselves because they want the satiation feeling of success.

This is why self-help books fail to really help. Most of the time no one buys them until they have already messed up and think maybe they know a solution. So they buy a book pretty much knowing what it will tell them.

We humans are horrible that way. "Let me do it myself!" Even if we screw up the experience is more worthwhile than having someone tell us the answer.

Now-a-days it doesn't even matter if you learn anything. Continue Education credits just means, you pay your money and sit in the chair and now THAT means you are certified. Requirements to waste time, and money is normal and we wonder why our country has gone downhill in actual productivity.

We want to legislate peoples thoughts. We want everyone in our own little box, whether it is right or wrong. Whether what is learned if of value or not.

These requirements restrict those that have wonderful potentialities because you have to spend constantly for all the different certifications in their very narrow boxes when humans are vast complex entities. Life crosses over. No one can keep spending hundreds of dollars on something that only those self-motivated will learn anyway.

The world is full of wonderful delightful questions. You can create and answer your own. Please try to remember to nurture the skill set of creating your own questions. Put life back into learning.

Enjoy the journey,



Define Education or Education is in the Dark

July 7, 2017

I remember when I was young how totally excited I was to start another year of school! The smell of new paper, pens, pencils and the constant questions to answer!

There is no more of that. Education is in the DARK! No more pondering or questions. You now are only allowed to regurgitate. Sit there and repeat back what someone told you was fact. Then you are patted on your head and told you're a good person. Repeat back facts the very facts that in 20 years won't be facts. Repeat them on tests, in writing assignments and say them again... and again... and drone on and on at accepting someone else's thoughts. NOT yours... you are not to have thoughts.

I picked up a grammar school science book from back in my day. The first few pages I scanned again filled me with excitement. Not because it taught me anything, but because it asked me questions? It gave me something to do."Go lie on your stomach in your yard and list all the things you SEE, HEAR, SMELL, TOUCH, and possibly see something you could taste or lick, like water off the grass." That is exciting! Mostly because no one can tell me that I didn't see, hear, smell, or touch those things. They were mine to own. My own observations. My own thoughts. I am valuable because I can perceive and share with others what I have experienced.

Now the drones are not allowed to have experiences. Only those we have labeled Great are allowed to state facts. They will never know what I saw while on my belly in my yard... why am I not valuable for MY observations, just as well as they are with theirs? That seems to be education's purpose now, to remove individual validity.

Proof of validity is only accepted as numbers! Numbers? Really? Numbers are a human language created by humans to try to convince others of the observations they experienced. "I counted 24 sulfate on the slide." that is a fact. Oh, Wait... maybe that is a separate drop, maybe it is 25? Or those clustered together might just be one droplet? So maybe it is 19?

Aww but we finally make a decision that the count on the slide is 22. Ta Da! Now THAT is a FACT! However, experiential observation and a human's interpretation were just as much involved as "The sun was shining most of the day."

A single person's rendition of an experience, no matter how well articulated is not a fact. It is just anecdotal and dismissed. "You didn't see that!", There is no book or PhD that will collaborate your observations, hence you are constantly told of your invalidity.

Now THAT is Education. If you buy that....

You are of value. Your observations are valid. Now putting those observations in an unbiased story that you recognize as YOUR story is the purpose of life. Understanding what you have observed and experienced in multiple contexts, that is education.

Enjoy the journey.



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