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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Four Sources of Progress

Part I
How many good teachers do we have in our schools?
There is a math for that!
Feeling pleasure from video, audio, or kinesthetic sensors comes from nature simply by birth.
Feeling pleasure from thinking comes only from nurturing = education.
That is what every teacher has to do.
And that is what every good teacher does.
Calculate the ratio of how many school students love thinking, to the total number of students, and that will give you (within 16 % margin) the ratio of good teachers to the total number of teachers.
But every teacher can become good teacher.
All he or she needs is to wish be better.
And some help from the society.
Education reform needs a new paradigm.

Part II
Four Sources of Progress
Progress is the child of a marriage between skepticism to existing dogmas and search for new ideas.
Skepticism is the child of education and doubts.
Search is the child of knowledge and curiosity.
So, progress requires education (as a human practice), knowledge (as the result of that human practice), curiosity (as a natural human state not suppressed by bad education), and doubts (as an intellectual activity fostered by good education). 
Dr. Valentin Voroshilov

The links to all six my applications to the NSF 2026 Big Idea Machine (from August 31, 2018 to October 26, 2018):

1. Entry125253: High Frequency Data Streams in Education

2. Entry124656: objective measures of physics knowledge

3. Entry125317: National database teacher PD

4. Entry124655: role of NSF in funding education

5. Entry125719: The new type of a science course for science teachers.  

6. Entry126205: The development of the uniform standard for measuring content knowledge in physics.