Saturday, August 19, 2017

To: Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education


To: Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (https://www.mbae.org)

Dear Members of the Alliance,
The report titled “Mass. business leaders focus on real world skills, good teachers”, prepared by TheMassInk Polling Group in September 20, 2016, states, quote,
“Businesses are still struggling to fill positions, and see a disconnect between schools and preparing students for jobs.” (https://www.mbae.org/2016-ma-employer-survey-on-education-and-workforce-readiness/)
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2. During the course of several decades, numerous reports, analytical papers, working papers, public speeches, TV and radio shows, even bills have been focusing on the low quality of a significant part of the American recent graduates transitioning into a workforce (or even the absence of American graduates in certain important professional fields; https://teachologyforall.blogspot.com/2017/02/nostudents.html).

3. Logic forces us to make a conclusion that the problem is not local, not temporary, but systemic and systematic. This conclusion is not a surprise. Education represents a large part of a society. The social, economic, and political situation in the country is very complex and complicated, and no single existing problem has a simple and obvious solution. Old models do not work anymore.

4. It makes sense to broaden the discussion, to start the discussion from a square one, to include in the discussion people who can offer non-trivial, unorthodox views on the matter. At the least, this step would help to initiate generating of more ideas.

5. This is why I would be happy to make a short presentation to the members of the Alliance on the roots of the problems within education and the pathways to solve them.

6. I have been in the “trenches” for many years, teaching math and physics and more to many students, starting from the 5th grade and going up to a college level, a university, and teacher preparation programs. I am good at teaching (for example, you may check what students said in the past at http://www.teachology.xyz/evvv.html).

In addition to extensive and successful teaching, I also have been writing on the methodology of teaching in general, on teaching physics, and on teacher preparation (for example, you may check http://www.teachology.xyz/index.htm).

Some of my views may be seen as “perpendicular” (but not opposite) to some of the mainstream approaches. However, the majority of my ideas, principles, and techniques have been successfully used in the everyday teaching practice (you can find the summary of my work in my book: “Becoming a STEM Teacher: A Crash Course for People entering Profession”).

I believe that good education represents the core of a successful society.

Sincerely,

Dr. Valentin Voroshilov




List of Publications on Education Available Online

Eventually I will issue another book, with the collection of the publications written after my first book. I will call it “The Perpendicular Man”, because many (not all) of my views are perpendicular (not opposite!) to the mainstream views on education and in education.

1. What Would Businesses Do if No Foreign Students Could Come In the Country Anymore?

2. A note on a connection between immigration and science

3. Is Artificial Intelligence Already Actual Intelligence? 

4. Thinking about becoming a STEM teacher? Think again!

5. Will Artificial Intelligence Save, Replace or even Affect Education Practices? (a venture capitalist’s view)

6. What does an educator need to know about a brain?

7. Numbers Say: The High School Physics Teachers Shortage Will Be Fixed In 130 Years.

8. Why Did Russian Cyber Forces Beat Their U.S. Adversaries in 2016? The Answers Is Rooted In The State Of Education In The U.S.

9. Why Do Many EdTech Startups Fail? Really!

10. Will the Yidan Prize Affect the Evolution of Education? Too Soon to Say.

11. XQsupesrschool – a blessing or a waste of money?

12. To Mr. Jeff Bezos in respond to his tweet.

13. Why do students drop a class and what to do to prevent it from happening?

14. To test or not to test? This is NOT the right question!

15. Facilitating In-Service Teacher Training for Professional Development

16. How I flipped my class without even knowing it.

17. Who and why should learn physics?

18. Physics as a Door into STEM Education

19. “Physics course to Every Student! Physics into Every School!”

20. A General “Algorithm” for Creating a Solution to a Physics

21. What does “thinking as a physicist” mean?

22. Learning aides for students taking physics.

23. A Map of Operationally Connected Categories as an instrument for classifying physics problems and a basis for developing a universal standard for measuring learning outcomes of students taking physics courses (a novel tool for measuring learning outcomes in physics).

24. Math self-test for students planning on taking a physics course.

25. Some things smart people said about teaching!

26. Why do Science Teachers Leave a School?

27. Do we really know if active forms of learning better than a simple lecture?

28. Fundamental Laws of TeachOlogy: a Handbook For a Beginner Teacher

29. On the Socratic method

30. Critical Reading of “Making Sense of Confusion” by Jason E. Dowd, Ives Araujo, and Eric Mazur

31. How much of the NSF funded “fundamental” scientific educational research is really fundamental? And why The Traditional Approach Adopted by the NSF 
does Not Advance the Science of Education

32. To all business leaders, leaders of charitable organizations, philanthropists, and everyone who is not satisfied with the current state of the educational reform

33. Four Critical Educational Projects

34. Treat Education Like Space Exploration

35. Education reform needs a new paradigm.

36. How is The Third Program of the USSR Communist Party related to education reform in the USA?

37. Why have hundreds of millions of dollars been spent on developing the common core math standards if most people had not really wanted them?

38. Searching For Visionaries!

39. What Infrastructure Do We Need to Build to Promote Education Research to a True Science?

40. A concept of a truly new kind of a school as a part of a new kind of a facility designed and designated specifically to study learning and teaching processes.

41. Full elementary physics course

42. A video message to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Mss. Betsy DeVos.

43. “A Convenient Lie” or “What Research University Faculty Tell Themselves About Their Teaching”

44. My latest book "Becoming a STEM teacher: a crash course for people entering the profession".

45. What do my students say about me?

46. My short resume

47. My full resume

48. This list of publications, including not available online (including printed in peer-reviewed sources)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Make America Whole Again! The 3-D Force in politics.



Hi, fellow 3d-party-er or Independent!
For many decades, people have been telling you – “You are a joke; you will never have a political power”.
I believe the time has come to prove all those people wrong.
I believe the time has come to all 3d-partiers and active Independents to finally rise up, and seize the real political power.
Everyone who does not trust neither the Republicans nor the Democrats in their ability to govern our Country is one of us!
We all may have different reasons for that.
Based on the 2016 elections, and the following events, I believe that – at least in Washington –  most Republicans are generally smart but evil, and Democrats are generally nice but stupid (or dumb, or choose whatever word you prefer to describe their inability to think).
And both parties are in the pocket of big money.
And I believe, that there are millions and millions of people, who see the things the same way.
If you truly believe that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats can navigate the country in the right direction -
this is your time!
This is our time!

We are ready to become an actual political force – the third force!
We are ready to become an actual political movement.
But first, we need to agree on the basic principles of our movement.
1. We need to agree that not now, nor in foreseeable future, there will be no third-party president.
We have to be reasonable.
We have to be pragmatic.
The presidency is not our immediate goal.
2. If the presidency is not our goal, how else would we gain political power?
The answer to this question may seem counterproductive.
But it will work!
We need to gain such a number of seats that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats would have the majority of votes.
Currently the House of Representative is split between 241 Republicans and 194 Democrats; and the Senate is split between 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats.
Our first goal is to take down 3 (!) Republican senators.
Hence, we have to participate in the upcoming 2018 elections.
Where?
Well – ideally, everywhere!
Our candidates will have to run in every possible election.
We do not have to win all of them.
We need to win just enough to make both – the Republicans and the Democrats – the minority in the Senate; in the House, and in as many legislative bodies as possible.
That will make us – the 3d-forcers (i.e. 3d-partiers and active Independents) – decision brokers.
That will make us decision makers.
Not a single decision will be able to pass without our vote, without our approval.
The representatives from both parties will have to talk to us, and we will make them talk to each other!
We will act like that family mediator who makes a husband and a wife to finally agree on something (you can choose who is who in this analogy).
For at least a decade, American people have been calling on the both parties in Washington to stop fighting and to start working together for the benefits of the whole America.
Unfortunately, it has not happened.
I am absolutely convinced, that there is no chance of seeing the Republicans and the Democrats working togetherunless the third strong political force will make them (!); unless the third strong political force will scare them.
3. To follow this strategy, we – the 3d-force members – should present our candidates against the Republicans and the Democrats (to test and to show the force) in all possible elections.
Even if our candidate will not be getting enough voices to win the election, we still will be presenting a strong political power by attracting the voters who do not want to give their votes to neither out of the two major parties!
Imagine, that two or three weeks before November 8th, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson would say to their followers: “I know, I will not be the President of the United States. And I vow to you, that the fate of my country is much more important than my personal fate. That is why today I end my run, and I ask all of you – my fellow supporters – to vote for Hillary Clinton”.
I have no doubt that in this scenario Hillary Clinton would have become the president.
Those few million votes would be enough to change the course of the election.
And we can use this strategy for every future election.
We may not be able to say any time soon – “The 3d-force gave to the Country the President”.
But we will be able to say very soon – “The 3d-force made the Country’s President”!
4. My next statement may seem contradicting everything I just said before.
But it is not.
At this point in the history, we don't even need to launch a new additional party.
We already have so many of them!
We already have millions of people, who do not want to affiliate themselves neither with the Republicans nor with the Democrats.
We just need to join our forces – all 3d-parties’ members and all independents who want to actively participate in politics (not just vote on the election day) should form a movement.
We need to establish the Massachusetts 3d-parties and Independents Coalition.
We need to reach out to all other states and to institute the American 3d-parties and Independents Coalition.
5. Our platform should unite people around the core principles this Country was founded on.
It is not right, when people have to work 60 – 80 hours a week, and still live from a paycheck to a paycheck, barely making a living.
It is not right, when people cannot afford a medication which would let them have active and accomplished life.
It is not right, when the job market shrinks, but at the same time the same few people get richer and richer, and the rest of the country gets closer and closer to the poverty.
It is not right, when having a good education means diving into the debt hole till the rest of the life.
We are against of elitism and extremism in any form.
We truly believe that “All men are created equal”.
Our platform should be simple but sound.
Restore the American Promise!
Make America Fair for All!
Take Lying Out of Politics!
When Rich Bend Rules, We Straighten Them Back!
The Republicans and the Democrats in Washington have lost sight of their purpose; they are stuck in the war of ideological dogmas; they are clung to old social, political, and economic models, which obviously do not work anymore.
Having the minimum wage close to $15 an hour is a good idea, but where would money come from without damaging the economy as a whole?
Slowing down the negative effects of the climate change may put some pressure on businesses, but the alternative is to risk the mere existence of all the businesses.
The Country badly needs a tax reform, a health insurance reform, a manufacturing reform, an educational reform.
The problems at hand have become so complicated and large, that easy solutions simply don’t exist.
We need new models.
We have to start from scratch.
Every single idea – as long as it helps people to live and prosper – is on a table.
Nowadays, all mass media make everyone think that there is an ideological war between liberals and conservatives; that liberal values and conservative values are incomparable, internally contradictory to each other.
However, no one has to choose between individual freedoms and an efficient government, or between the health of the nation and the prosperity of its businesses.
The choice everyone needs to make today is between truth and facts, against fiction and leis; between realistic, pragmatic solutions, and dogmatic ideology and wishful thinking; between having an open and honest talk with people, against hypnotizing rhetoric and manipulating peoples’ minds.
We will prove that liberal conservatism (or conservative liberalism) can exists.
We will prove that such ideals as freedom of speech, freedom of enterprise, efficient governing, and pursuit of happiness for all can coexist. But in order to restore those ideals and preserve them from erosion, we have to be smart and pragmatic, firm and inclusive.
We need to bring to the same table people with opposite views, and make them talk to each other, guiding that conversation away from an ideological war of words toward pragmatic solutions benefiting the whole Country.
This will be our political mission (at least for the close future).
6. No one knows yet, if in the future our Coalition will make the transition from being a movement to becoming an actual political party.
There is no way to predict this today.
But I can predict that the American 3d-parties and Independents Coalition will become a formidable political power very soon.
I have a clear vision of what we need to do as soon as possible:
1. we need to reach out to each other and start getting organized – I just created website www.3dForce.net, and a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/The-3-D-Force-1917882951796361/) with this manifesto, and my contacts (currently, you can email me to mawa@3dForce.net);
2. we need to establish a basic agreement on our goals and means;
3. we need to set up a functional office;
4. we need to start reaching out to all 3d-party-ers and independents, we need to initiate an advertising campaign;
5. we need to make the movement official, set up state meetings, set up a unifying national convention, and present our candidates for all (ALL!) upcoming elections.
In 2016 Presidential elections 65,844,969 voters went Democratic, 62,979,984 voters went Republican, but 7,627,197 people (close to 12 % of who could have been voting for a certain party candidate; or about 6 % of all who voted) voted for a third force. Many people did not even vote at all because they did not trust neither the Republican nor the Democrats, but did not see a strong third choice.
The American 3d-parties and Independents Coalition will give to all American voters a viable third choice.
The year of 2018 will be our test drive year.
The year of 2018 will be our year!

Your fellow Independent,
Valentin Voroshilov
You can reach me at

If you want to join or to support the movement, or to volunteer, please send me an email.
Currently, the only way to financially support he movement is through the PayPal button below (currently it is linked to my business name TeachOlogy Consulting, but I am working on setting up a campaign at www.crowdpac.com; as an amateur in setting up online business communication, this is where a professional coder could help).

Some intro about who I am.
I was born and grew up in Russia.
This link http://www.teachology.xyz/vv.htm leads to more on my professional experience.
In 2002, I moved to the U.S.A. to escape the presidency of Vladimir Putin
(I am NOT a Russian spy :)  ! ).
I have been living a quiet life of a math and physics instructor, until Vladimir Putin has essentially chosen my new President (at least, so I think so far).
I have been posting my thoughts on the matter on my blog. All those posts represent my life philosophy, my political views, my ideals and dreams.

For example:

 

1. Why did Hillary Clinton Lose the Race? Or. Conformism and Arrogance of The Establishment. And. What To Do Now?


2. An Open Letter to Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Senator Al Franken

3. DraftBernie and “People’s Party” is NOT the answer

https://teachologyforall.blogspot.com/2017/04/DRAFT.html

 

4. Democratic Party Leaders Have No Vision


5. "The True Role Of The Third Party In The U.S. In The Current Political Environment", or "What Do We Really Need From The First Truly Third Political Party?"


6. Why I have NO Trust in Democrats


7. What should really differ a “Progressive” from a “Conservative”?


8. Ignoring sloppiness: a sign of tolerance or mismanagement? And how did it afect 2016 election.

9. “Being Polite” versus “Being Nice”; what is the difference for a debater?

https://teachologyforall.blogspot.com/2017/04/polite.html

 

10. Peering through the fog of brainwashing.


11. When will the Democrats make the first step of the 12-step program (admitting!)? Seems - never!

And this link   http://www.gomars.xyz/op.html  leads to even more post on the matter: