[ExI] google classroom, was: RE: Meta question

Anders anders at aleph.se
Sat Aug 20 19:52:35 UTC 2016

On 2016-08-20 15:00, spike wrote:
> ...School is often a hindrance for education...
> --Dr Anders Sandberg
> Public schools are not allowed to offer ethical or moral guidance in our
> times.
That is actually not true. Try to find any school that says it is OK to 
cheat. They might not dress it up in the finery of ethics, but there is 
a lot of guidance in how to behave.

> The best part of this curriculum is that it appears to be completely
> open-ended.  None of it depends on a teacher or a class of similarly-aged
> compatriots; the student progresses as fast and as far as ambition, talent
> and drive will take her.
Now that is promising!

The important issue is how well such classrooms can teach how to link 
the material. I think a possible problem is that the individual course 
materials might be great highways of knowledge, but that there is little 
connection between them - after all, if I have charged down a few of 
them (say language and math), I might not have great exposure to the 
field in between (formal languages, some philosophy, logic) since the 
courses in themselves cannot contain much about related fields given 
that the student might not have taken the courses that would help bound 
them. In the best of all possible educational world there would be tools 
for mapping out studies, showing that there is something out there and 
what you need to get to it.

Another interesting educational method is of course to start in the 
middle and see how that requires understanding the other topics. I found 
a book on folkloric superstitions in school, and learned a surprising 
amount of geography, history and biology by following up on it.

> It will be fun to watch what this cohort will achieve.
Yup. Cognitive enhancement doesn't have to be biomedical.

Dr Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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