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Good Schools Aren’t the Secret to Israel’s High-Tech Boom - WSJ
March 20, 2017

Israel’s shadow education system has three components. The first is our heritage of debate—it’s in the Jewish DNA. For generations Jews have studied the Talmud, our legal codex, in a way vastly different from what goes on in a standard classroom. Instead of listening to a lecture, the meaning of complex texts is debated by students in hevruta—pairs—with a teacher offering occasional guidance.

Unlike quiet Western libraries, the Jewish beit midrash—house of study—is a buzzing beehive of learning. Since the Talmud is one of the most complex legal codes ever gathered, the idea of a verdict is almost irrelevant to those studying. Students engage in debate for the sake of debate. They analyze issues from all directions, finding different solutions. Multiple answers to a single question are common. Like the Talmud itself—which isn’t the written law but a gathering of protocols—the learning process, not the result, is valued.

The second component of our shadow education system is the peer-teaches-peer model of Jewish youth organizations, membership-based groups that we call “movements.” Teenagers work closely with younger children; they lead groups on excursions and hikes, develop informal curricula, and are responsible for those in their care. As an 11th-grade student, I took fifth-graders on an overnight hike in the mountains. Being given responsibilities at a young age helped shape me into who I am today.

The third component is the army.
Israel  ksfs  education  high_schools  schools  Jewish  Talmud  protocols  Judaism  books  religion  coming-of-age  technology  science_&_technology  venture_capital  innovation  human_capital  capitalization  struggles  convictions  tough-mindedness  rigour  discomforts  cultural_values  arduous 
march 2017 by jerryking
SAGICOR Visionaries Challenge National Finals -
April 1, 2013 | Stabroek News |Dr. Maya Trotz is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. She is currently on sabbatical with the Caribbean Science Foundation in Barbados.

Competitions feature teams of secondary school students who have come up with sustainable and innovative solutions to a challenge facing their school and/or community, solutions that use Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

By Maya Trotz
Caribbean  high_schools  contests  talent  science_&_technology  mathematics  STEM 
april 2013 by jerryking
The New Einsteins Will Be Scientists Who Share: Networked Science - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 29, 2011 | WSJ | By MICHAEL NIELSEN

The New Einsteins Will Be Scientists Who Share
From cancer to cosmology, researchers could race ahead by working together—online and in the open
collaboration  problem_solving  scientists  networks  collective_intelligence  science_&_technology 
october 2011 by jerryking
Bridging the gap between scientist and politician
Feb 21, 2006 | The Globe and Mail pg. A.17| by Preston Manning. .

There is a large communications gap between the political and scientific communities. Despite the fact that science has a huge contribution to make toward the resolution of national issues, ranging from productivity improvement and environmental protection to the genetic modification of plants, animals, and our own species, there were no real scientists in any of the party caucuses and few science administrators or advisers among the upper echelons of political staffs.
ProQuest  Preston_Manning  science_&_technology  politicians  Communicating_&_Connecting  political_staffers  upper_echelons 
october 2011 by jerryking
An Innovator Shapes an Empire - NYTimes.com
Susan Desmond-Hellmann: An interview with the oncologist, translational scientist and former Genentech executive now leading the University of California, San Francisco.
By DENISE GRADY
Published: October 10, 2011
Colleges_&_Universities  Genentech  innovation  CEOs  science_&_technology 
october 2011 by jerryking
The Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Science
Nov 23 2007| FT.com | By Clive Cookson; Illustrations by
Ingram Pinn. Scientists complain that, while they would be ashamed to
admit knowing nothing about Jane Austen’s novels, literary colleagues
get away with total ignorance of relativity and quantum theory...There
are myriad practical reasons why people should have a basic knowledge of
science. One is that a scientifically savvy population is less likely
to fall victim to fraud and superstition, from astrology to quack cures.
And when so many contemporary political issues (from global warming to
embryo research) have a big scientific component, voters and politicians
need to understand what is really at stake. The icon of transformation
from scientific ignorance to wisdom is the travel writer Bill Bryson.
Shamed about not knowing a proton from a protein, or a quasar from a
quark, he spent 3 yrs researching what he was missing. The result was A
Short History of Nearly Everything, the best science book of the 21st
century so far.
books  fraud  ignorance  Jane_Austen  lists  literacy  proteins  quantum_computing  science_&_technology  scientifically_literate  superstition 
march 2011 by jerryking
Science Teamwork Needed - WSJ.com
FEBRUARY 5, 2011 | WSJ | Jonah Lehrer. Sunset of the Solo Scientist
teams  science_&_technology  solo  breakthroughs  genius  collaboration 
february 2011 by jerryking
The Country Can Learn From These Students - NYTimes.com
December 6, 2010 | New York Times | By BRENT STAPLES. Send article to Frances Jeffers, Visions of Science.
education  African-Americans  science_&_technology  engineering  Colleges_&_Universities  STEM 
december 2010 by jerryking
Op-Ed Columnist - America’s Real Dream Team - NYTimes.com
March 20, 2010 | New York Times | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN. The
majority of the 40 finalists in the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search,
which, through a national contest, identifies and honors the top math
and science high school students in America, based on their solutions to
scientific problems-- hailed from immigrant families, largely from
Asia.
Tom_Friedman  high_schools  students  immigration  immigrants  Intel  contests  talent  science_&_technology  mathematics 
march 2010 by jerryking
Book Review: "Start-Up Nation" - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 23, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by JAMES K.
GLASSMAN. Israel is the world's techno-nation. Civilian
research-and-development expenditures run 4.5% of the gross domestic
product—half-again the level of the U.S., Germany or South Korea—and
venture-capital investment per capita is 2½ times that of the U.S. and
six times that of the United Kingdom. Even in absolute terms, Israel has
only the U.S.—with more than 40 times the population—as a challenger.
One important question that "Start-Up Nation" raises is: Why Israel and
not elsewhere? The authors dispose, a bit too blithely, the argument
from ethnic or religious exceptionalism, dismissing "unitary Jewishness"
or even individual talent as major reasons for Israel's high-tech
success. (George Gilder, in a recent book treating some of the same
matters, "The Israel Test," disagrees: "Israel today concentrates the
genius of the Jews.")
Israel  technology  science_&_technology  venture_capital  cultural_values  innovation  book_reviews  Jewish  human_capital  capitalization 
november 2009 by jerryking
How Technology Is Changing the Face of Innovation - WSJ.com
AUGUST 17, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by ERIK BRYNJOLFSSON
And MICHAEL SCHRAGE. Technology is transforming innovation at its
core, allowing companies to test new ideas at speeds—and prices—that
were unimaginable even a decade ago. They can stick features on Web
sites and tell within hours how customers respond. They can see results
from in-store promotions, or efforts to boost process productivity,
almost as quickly.
innovation  science_&_technology  Markiter  experimentation  accelerated_lifecycles  Erik_Brynjolfsson  Michael_Schrage  books  in-store 
august 2009 by jerryking
Will the truth finally set Galileo free? - The Globe and Mail
Jun. 03, 2009 | Globe & Mail | Michael Valpy. Reviews
"Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion",
edited by Lesley Cormack, Simon Fraser University's dean of arts and
social sciences,
Michael_Valpy  myths  science_&_technology  religion  book_reviews  Galileo 
june 2009 by jerryking
Jesse Dylan Experiments With Science - WSJ.com
APRIL 3, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by AMY DOCKSER MARCUS.
Dylan specializes in helping medical and research institutions use
videos to connect more closely to the general public. e.g. He's working
to assist a project called Harvard Catalyst, which aims at increasing
scientific innovation throughout the university.
research  innovation  dylan  science_&_technology  web_video  harvard  medical  Colleges_&_Universities 
may 2009 by jerryking
Practically Speaking - Creative People Say Inspiration Isn’t All Luck - NYTimes.com
Published: October 22, 2008 | New York Times | By MICKEY MEECE

Serendipity often plays a role in generating big ideas...inspiration,
but equally as important is having an open mind — especially in
tumultuous times like these. Big and small ideas are out there--if you
are looking for them.

2008 IdeaFestival was created by Kris Kimel whose own “Aha!” moment
occurred after attending the Sundance Film Festival and wondering about
hosting a diverse festival that celebrates ideas. In 2000, he helped
create the IdeaFestival, which brings together creative thinkers from
different disciplines to connect ideas in science, the arts, design,
business, film, technology and education. The goal is to promote
“out-of-the-box thinking and cross-fertilization as a means toward the
development of innovative ideas, products and creative endeavors.”
Aha!_moments  chance  conferences  contingency  creativity  creative_types  cross-pollination  entrepreneurship  ideas  idea_generation  ideacity  inspiration  luck  Mickey_Meece  open_mind  out-of-the-box  science_&_technology  serendipity  small_business  TED  thinking_big 
april 2009 by jerryking

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