a reply to: KyoZero
Thanks. I'm not quite so cynical to believe it wouldn't pass. It's more about getting the attention of those in power. You see, we have a major
issue with technology in the US. Not a single member of Congress is familiar with it. Even the technology sub committees are pretty clueless. This
is a government that spends a billion dollars to make a website that should have cost $250,000. So giving them a plan and asking them to go forward
on it is difficult.
I've tried to think about who I should lobby to present my plan to. Congress seems inept, so that leaves the department of education. I need to
look more into them, but considering they're the branch that pushes predatory student loans on broke students with no collateral and oppressive
terms... I'm less enthusiastic they would want to give that up.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
What is needed in our country is a process to effectively instill and cultivate the basic abilities to think critically, to read for content, to
reason logically and to calculate effectively, and most importantly, to learn how to learn.
ADDED IN EDIT: By the way I love your plan outlined in the OP Aazadan. As opposed to so many, you are offering a real, implementable working
suggestion with real benefits as opposed to just kvetching. And the reality of your plan is fairly easily achievable with what we have right now. If
business leaders would get behind divesting Big Education, it'd happen in a year or two. Great OP!
I don't know if I could come up with a program to teach critical thinking at all times but I've found that problem solving is strongly related to
critical thinking. Growing up, one of the favorite tricks of my math teacher (I had the same one for 4 years of HS, she was absolutely amazing) was
to give the class a large group problem that would require input from each person, and some management to put everything together. For example
here's a common week 1 problem in discrete math, and it requires groups of about 8 to work on it together.
3) Hand shake problem: For a group of 5 or so students, what's the fastest way everyone can shake hands? Regarding this problem, we discussed:
Using a graph to find a solution
Using symmetry to find a solution
How to prove the solution found is the best possible solution e.g., for 8 people, there must be at least 7 handshake times. For 5 people, at least
4 - though it turns out you need at least 5 times people have to shake hands, since one person it always left out.
Using problems like this which have a large finite set of answers but no indications as to what is most efficient , there is room for critical
thinking to enter and evaluate different answers.
I'll say I never learned how to learn until I got to college, and even then it took awhile. It wasn't until I started doing independent study on
some very difficult classes that I taught myself how to learn what I needed.
Anyways, back on topic. Any time I have an idea on something I try to at least suggest a solution. If I can't offer something better than what's
potentially in place right now, what reason do I have to complain?