[ExI] ideas for ted

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 16 22:32:15 UTC 2019

Recalling my GRE test long long ago - there were many charts to interpret
and I found out when teaching statistics that Ss have a lot of trouble
learning to do so.  Interaction effects also stumped many, although I don't
know how far you want to go with basic statistics in K - 12 grades.

Suggested basic statistics:  central tendency, variability, correlation,
simple experiment design, charts of all kinds (and how to lie all of
these), the idea of confounding.  Normal distribution.  These only for the
science track?  Teaching these to subaverage Ss is impossible.

While learning how to do an experiment is a good idea, as Adrian suggests,
that can go very far indeed and I wonder just how much it is worth it below
the college level.

I also want to add geography.  Lack of knowledge of this in polls is
embarrassing, with what I have seen.  And leave room for health physical
education  - can obesity be lowered?

My high school teacher friend says that one of the big troubles is the
administration assuming that everybody can learn everything.

The main trouble for you as I see it, is paring down to the time limit.
Emphasize ideas rather than details.

bill w

On Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 4:15 PM Adrian Tymes <atymes at gmail.com> wrote:

> So, first question: how does one score such an invite?  :P
> Related question: how do you know that satellite controls aren't why
> they invited you?  (I mean, yeah, likely guess they're more interested
> in education, but let's make sure of your audience.)
> You might do well to include a brief overview of how we got to our
> current state -
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussian_education_system and so on.
> The modern scholastic system seems to be a result of the Industrial
> Revolution.  Most critically, note the things it was intended to solve
> that are still necessary today:
> * Yes, literally everyone needs to know how to communicate well.  In
> English-speaking regions such as the US, this means classes in
> English.
> * Yes, literally everyone needs to know basic arithmetic.  (Maybe or
> maybe not higher math, but certainly at least through fractions and
> percentages, so as to theoretically be able to calculate how much tax
> they owe - even if many turn that over to accountants, automated or
> otherwise, they still need to be able to verify e.g. sales taxes on
> their dinner bills.)
> * Yes, literally everyone needs basic literacy.  These days, everyone
> needs basic computer skills as well, but that doesn't mean they don't
> need to read and write (just the opposite).
> * Yes, literally everyone needs to know the basics of science: what is
> a "theory", what is a "hypothesis", and how to conduct experiments to
> find out stuff about the world.  (Just look at the depressed economy
> and constant low-level humanitarian crises in areas of the US where
> this knowledge is seen as contradictory to the dominant religion and
> therefore suppressed.)
> * Yes, literally everyone needs to know basic civics: what is
> "voting", what fair government looks like, how to be fair should one
> find oneself in a position of power, and so on.  (Look at areas of the
> world - such as Iraq - where this knowledge is generally missing from
> the population.  We may be critical of our government, but their
> leaders literally have no idea of how to run a non-tribal government,
> resulting in blatant corruption and miscarriages of justice.  Over
> here, since anyone can - in theory - run for elected office, everyone
> else needs to be sure that anyone who does run probably knows at least
> the basics of what good government even is.)
> And so on.  Even with some diversity allowed, there are common basics
> that everyone must be taught, and that must be covered by every
> alternative that some child might be exposed to.
> After that, then go on to explore where education might go.  I
> mentioned recently a possibility of more and more fundamental mental
> models, aided by technology to look up details as needed, that let
> those who learn them handle an ever-broader range of topics from the
> same educational effort (the same average number of years spent in
> school).
> If you want to talk diversity in education, you might consider
> touching on adapting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_customization
> to education.  Note especially the central concept: using technology
> (not just human instinct, which tends to fail when it is the sole
> instrument used for this, even when the teachers involved are unaware
> they are doing it) to discover the individual needs and strengths, and
> then adapt or invent a curriculum that gets all the requested topics
> to the student in ways that particular student can master quickly.
> (You might put in a slide on detecting when this is happening vs. when
> people are just using their own guesswork, so as to shut down
> possibly-well-intentioned but short-changing efforts that are doomed
> to fail before they can take many students with them.  If you do,
> another slide on the difference between "untested guesswork" and
> "rigorously tested technology" might be useful too.)
> On Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 8:54 AM <spike at rainier66.com> wrote:
> >
> > Exi friends,
> >
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> >
> > I have been invited to give Ted talk, and I might take them up on it.  I
> have hung with you for well over 20 years and always read the chatter even
> if I don’t participate as much as I once did.  My ideas and attitudes have
> been greatly influenced by ExI.  Naturally my Ted would be greatly
> influenced by that association.
> >
> >
> >
> > I will not speak on my real area of expertise (satellite controls)
> because that wouldn’t be of general interest to the people who invited me.
> They want to hear about a more recent interest of mine: education.
> >
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> >
> > So… I might give a talk on the future of education.
> >
> >
> >
> > Please, your perspectives, ideas, suggestions for focus, anything you
> want to offer.  I have time: the outline wouldn’t need to be ready for
> several weeks and the pitch itself would happen in May.  I am thinking of a
> techno-optimist view of the near term easily-foreseeable future.  My notion
> is to talk about our local public school’s embracing highly diversified
> curriculum: what if we do and what if we do not?
> >
> >
> >
> > Help me Exi-wan Kenobi!
> >
> >
> >
> > spike
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