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The Education Wars Part XV
The following video is in the very first Education Wars article. However, since the vast majority of RTE readers likely haven't seen it, I wanted to present it again, and to focus on some particular aspects of the education conversation.
I gave this talk during a series organized by the 1517 Fund, which is a Thiel-orbit venture capital group.
Contents: I walk through my experience and research showing that relative to the traditional educational system, we can achieve three to five standard deviations of improvement for most students simply by changing the educational system. Why would we wait around for leaps that might be impossible or improbable when we can dramatically improve the outcomes for nearly every student?
We might even wonder if we're inundated by messages about the greatness of artificial intelligence to placate our desire to do better. Is the goal to keep the population dull and thus easier to govern in the increasingly totalitarian, fascist state?
A modern mathematics education program that I helped build and that demonstrably changed the world.
Culture and community are primary variables.
Storytelling is under-utilized in technical education.
Mathematics is artistic and playful. (A Mathematician's Lament)
The Penrose Model: Mental state jujitsu
Self-Motivation Feedback loops
Distraction as a serious obstacle
Yerkes-Dodson Law: Organizing human energy waves on a time scale
The Two-Sigma Problem → Personal communication wins big.
Adult education (Yes, it's possible for older people to learn math.)
Charter schools for underserved students (an imperfect intermediate step)
IQ is far less static than people think. We may be able to move it dozens of points!
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