Monday, November 28, 2016

Building a community around new projects might be crucial for education reform


Building a community around new projects might be crucial for education reform
Today I had a meeting with Dean Dr. Hardin Coleman and Associate Dean Dr. Donna H. Lehr of the Boston University School of Education.
To a date, they represent the highest-level officials I was able to talk to.
I appreciate very much the time they invested in the meeting.
We have discussed some of the projects, including “Treat Education Like Space Exploration”.
I was met with very thoughtful questions, and was given very helpful feedback, useful information (including who to meet next, and what to expect).
When we were discussing a prospective of a science of education, at a certain point Dean Coleman asked me how many years do I plan to work on the project?
My answer was: “I hope I will be able to work thirty to forty more years”.
I am perfectly aware that such a project requires years, if not decades to complete.
It must have stages.
The first stage has been started and is happening right now – it is seeking people who agree with the general idea.
Many people – even high ranking university officials – think of education as an art, or a sport. They do not see the need in having a science of education. They do not even believe that a science of education is possible to be developed. And believe me or not, many people holding PhD in education agree with this point of view!
This is one of the reasons I try to attract the attention of people from the outside of education.
That is why I have to keep looking, have to keep posting posts and videos, and have to keep setting up meetings.
If you read my blog, you know my negative reaction to having Donald Trump as our new President.
However, when thinking about education, I may be able to find a silver lining in it.
I would expect the Clinton’s administration would not be making any drastic changes to the current way of educational reform. And that would mean a stagnation for many more years.
If you read my publications, you know that I advocate for significant changes in the way education is being funded, teacher preparation is being conducted, and a science of education is being developed.
With the new Administration coming, there is at least a chance that the situation in education will begin to change in the right direction.
There is also a chance the new Administration will ruin education, but this heavily depends on the people who will be brought to the top of the Department of Education.
It also will depend on the actions of all the public – from parents, to teachers, from district officials to philanthropists. And that is why we need to build a community around such projects like “Treat Education Like Space Exploration!” (https://www.gofundme.com/teachology), or “Physics Course to Every Student, Physics Into Every School!” (http://www.teachology.xyz/2020.html)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Four Critical Educational Projects


It’s been a while since I posed my last update related to an education reform.
Partly, because the Presidential elections detoured my attention.
Partly, because I wanted to systemize my educational projects.
The Presidential elections weren’t really a success (at least this is how I see it – as you can see from my posts on this blog).
But the second goal has been achieved in full.
All my work falls into four large-scaled educational projects:
1. Physics as an entry in STEM education (http://www.teachology.xyz/2020.html).
2. A universal standard for measuring content knowledge in STEM (http://www.teachology.xyz/FW.htm).
3. Propelling a science of education by developing facilities for studying learning and teaching: (GoFundMe campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/teachology represents a device to propel project #3 http://www.teachology.xyz/30uS.html).
4. Reforming educational reform by inviting teachers into active forms of professional development (http://www.teachology.xyz/PrD.htm).
All four projects are interconnected, but operationally independent.
It is worthwhile to see the whole picture.
This is why I have developed a presentation which tells about all four projects, one after another:
This link leads to the slides of the presentation http://teachology.xyz/1p.html.
This link leads to the video of the presentation https://youtu.be/WYAC4PRCyGE (or a backup link http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x53r5gy).
Thank you for your interest!
Please, feel free to comment, or send an email directly to me!

Monday, November 14, 2016

To everyone who has been emotionally attacked, called names, threatened, verbally degraded!


 To everyone who has been emotionally attacked, called names, threatened, verbally degraded!


I have spent my day off reading, thinking, writing, reading again, thinking again, writing again.
Today especially interesting reading was Facebook replies to comments to posts. It is time consuming, but once in a while it is time worth spent.
To everyone who has been emotionally attacked, called names, threatened, verbally degraded!
Know this.
There is such a science, called “psychology”.
And this science has proved as a fact, that everyone who was emotionally attacking you, called you names, threatened you, and tried to verbally degrade is a looser.
This is a fact.
Everyone from that side hates you and others because they hate themselves, but cannot accept this. When they look into a mirror they see a person who does not have much of a respect, who has not achieved much in life, for whom the only way to feel better about themselves is to put someone down.
What should you do about it?
Nothing.
Or almost nothing - it is up to you.
First, stay calm. Do not get provoked. If you feel an emotion, do not react, take a walk.
But if you want to write something back, write something cold, or even sarcastic.
Every time when you write something smart, those guys get more and more wound up, and eventually just got tired.
In a way, the more obscenities you are getting, the bigger is the victory of your side.
If your page got showered by vulgarities – you win big league!