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How to Fix Our Math Education -
"Imagine replacing the sequence of algebra, geometry and calculus with a sequence of finance, data and basic engineering. In the finance course, students would learn the exponential function, use formulas in spreadsheets and study the budgets of people, companies and governments. In the data course, students would gather their own data sets and learn how, in fields as diverse as sports and medicine, larger samples give better estimates of averages. In the basic engineering course, students would learn the workings of engines, sound waves, TV signals and computers. Science and math were originally discovered together, and they are best learned together now."
education  math  mathematics  curriculum  solgarfunkel  davidmumford  2011  learning  problemsolving  realworldproblems  statistics  finance  science  engineering 
august 2011 by robertogreco
“W+K12 is an experiment disguised as a school... - robertogreco {tumblr}
“W+K12 is an experiment disguised as a school disguised as an agency.

“Every spring since 2004 we’ve brought 12 or so creative people from outside the industry into our Portland office for a 12-month stretch to see what happens.

“The students work collaboratively on pro bono and paying client projects as well as make books, shoot films, hang art exhibitions and do whatever else they’re collectively excited about. We teach them what we believe in and how we work; they show us a fresh perspective.

More often than not the students are hired upon graduation. And frankly, having people who pay to be in the building makes the rest of us less lazy.”
lcproject  education  studioclassroom  learning  wk12  wk  perspective  motivation  collective  collaboration  making  doing  creating  schooldesign  teaching  unschooling  deschooling  realworldproblems  wieden+kennedy 
july 2011 by robertogreco
The Problem With Silicon Valley Is Itself - TNW Entrepreneur
"As a Brit who gave up cheerleading the European tech scene to make the pilgrimage to Silicon Valley to live, eat & breath the world’s leading hub for technology startup innovation, I’ve been largely unimpressed and disappointed by the quality of startups here.<br />
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…I’ve interviewed around 200 startups & there’s only 2, out of 200, I think are game changers. Now, don’t get me wrong, Silicon Valley is an incredibly inspiring place to be. Everyone is doing something amazing and trying to change the world, but in reality much of the technology being built here is not changing the world at all, it’s short-sighted and designed for scalability, big exits & big profits…<br />
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…building technology to solve trivial issues…entrepreneurship in the Valley has become productized…Many entrepreneurs are in it for the wrong reasons, they should be more focused on doing something big and good for the world…entrepreneurs are not exposed to enough real-world problems…"
entrepreneurship  via:javierarbona  siliconvalley  vc  realworld  realworldproblems  clones  goldrush  rinseandrepeat  gamechanging  2011  money  funding  socialentrepreneurship  airbnb  startups  ycombinator  capitalism  getrichquick  hermioneway 
july 2011 by robertogreco

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