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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The lessons from the 2020 elections.

Get ready for political pundits and analysts to be talking about the elections and what they learned from them for months ahead.


This is an early example: 6 Takeaways From Election Night 2020 (by Domenico Montanaro).


First, I would like to present some quotes from this piece (taken from this summary).



1. This is going to take a while 2. Trump will pull out all the stops 3. This isn't the blowout Democrats hoped for 4. The realignment is happening 5. The popular vote and the Electoral College clash again 6. The polls were wrong again.



A win is a win, if Biden is able to pull it off. But the country remains hotly divided and polarized, and given Democrats are unlikely to take back the Senate and their unexpected losses in the House, he would hardly have the ability to get much through Congress.



And 2016 wasn’t a fluke. With the swing of white voters without college degrees firmly to Trump’s camp, the Blue Wall that Democrats have relied on for decades — and that Trump knocked down in 2016 — is far too fragile to rely on. Meanwhile, the diversifying Sun Belt states are changing the map.


Now: let’s take a closer look at some of the statement. I deliberately underline some words, to discuss their meaning.


This isn't the blowout Democrats hoped for”. “. The popular vote and the Electoral College clash again”. “The polls were wrong again”. “But the country remains hotly divided and polarized”. “Democrats are unlikely to take back the Senate and their unexpected losses in the House”. “And 2016 wasn’t a fluke.


All the statements above prove, again, that the people who belong to the top echelon of the Democratic party, including all their advisers and the close-circle pundits/analysts, did not learn any lessons from the 2016 fiasco. None. Zero. Zilch. 


How and why the Democrats screwed up.


Because, otherwise they would not hope for a blowout, they would expect the difference between the popular vote and the Electoral College, they would not believe in polls, they would expect the country to be polarized, because they would now that 2016 was NOT a fluke, and they would design a very different strategy to strengthen the House and to flip the Senate.


That strategy would not be based on attacking Trump: “Look what bad, stupid, crazy thing Trump did again!”.

For example, read my old piece: Why Do I Want To Vote For Trump” (the list of relevant publications is long).


That strategy would include a strong collaboration with the third parties and independent movements.

For example, read my old piece: “The True Role Of The Third Party” (and this is another list).


But, once again, American elite, this time on the left side of the political spectrum, demonstrated their inability to “think outside of the box”, which, and I say this as a teacher, a good one, means just inability to think. Period.


“When the God wants to punish a man, He takes away his reason” (or something like that).


“God” has punished the Democrats, and “he” did it hard.


Instead of searching for new ideas, the Democrats got stuck with being ignorant and arrogant. This was the deadly combination. And I’m sure (yes, I am sure of it!) even NOW they did not learn any lessons.

Because, as humans, they are simply incapable of comprehending complex, complicated matters. If they could – they would. Simple like that.


I addressed this inability in many posts, including the latest one: “America! The Victim Of The Primitivism”.


As I wrote in that post: “Only a white man can step twice on the same bow-rake”.


This was a part of a joke, but as you all know very well, every joke has some portion of a joke.


The people in the top echelon of the Democratic party proved to demonstrate themselves as extremely “white”, so, for them twice is not the limit.


A clear indication of this is the fact that for four years since 2016 none of the authors (i.e. David Frum, Tom Nichols) of the major left-leaning media outlets (e.g. the Atlantic, NYT, USA today, CNN, CBS, NBC) produced any original idea. Reading those papers was just booooring. The result of The Degradation of White Male American Elite is right in front of our eyes.

If it wasn't for the COVID, none of the Democrats would have had any chance against Trump. And even with the COVID and with the Obama voters (you know who I mean) Biden is struggling to win. If he wins, coupled with the losses in the Hose and the possible gains in the Senate it only shows one simple fact: beyond people who will never vote for another party, flip-flop Americans are sick and tired of the politicians they had for four years and just want to switch them: from a Democrat to a Republican; from a Republicans to a Democrat. 

And no amount of money could change that. These elections prove again that in politics the amount of money does not matter. What matters is how that money is used. Clearly, spending all that money on advertising how bad Trump is, was, well, let's use a soft language, not smart (BTW: “In Politics thinking Makes All The Difference”).


Two more quotes from Mr. Montanaro.


“The realignment is happening”. “the diversifying Sun Belt states are changing the map”.


In plain words, predominantly red states, meaning predominantly white states, are being more and more diluted by non-white population. That is a trivial consequence of a simple fact – the non-white population grows faster than the white one. Basically, he implies that if they, the Democrats, wait long enough, the non-white voters will be able to flip the red states to the blue states.


It proves, again, that the Democrats do not know what to do about American whites. They just put all their hopes on the non-white supporters.


I just say that in time the Democrats will be greatly disappointed.




I have been writing on this matter before, so, for example, read “Voted. What’s next? A race war”


The main lesson I learned from the 2020 elections is that in America no one learns any lessons. 


At least as fast as it's required. 


Dr. Valentin Voroshilov 


P.S. If you think that I'm only good at criticizing the Democrats, your are wrong. In my publications (remember two lists I mentioned?) I offered plenty of approaches - new and original, but logical and based on historic precedents. And I shared all of them with the relevant people. Well, formally relevant, but actually irrelevant as politicians or political advisers.

For more on the matters of politics, follow to this page: Politics.


Some of the most informative posts:


Why Russian Americans Vote For Trump


Trump is right about foreign online students  


In politics thinking makes all the difference.


Greed - the American cancer that killed good management.


The Degradation of The White Male American Elite


The Only Way To Defeat White Nationalism Is To Embrace “Black Nationalism”



American Republicans are just Russian Bolsheviks!


What Is Wrong With Socialism. Really


Peering through the fog of brainwashing


"The True Role Of The Third Party In The U.S. In The Current Political Environment"


China v. The U.S.: The Battle Of Strategic Thinking


Obama's legacy is Trump. Who will be yours, Mr. Biden?


Transcripts to the “Alien Thoughts” videos

Monday, November 2, 2020

Voted. What’s next? "A race war."



As millions of Americans, I already voted. 


I voted for Biden.


Not because he will be a good President; he won’t.


But this is not the first time I had to choose the lesser of the two evils.


I laid out my position on American politics in many previous publications.




Just click here.


In this piece I want to paint the upcoming future of America, to show the dominant political forces that will be shaping it.


Politics is the fight for power.


The future politics will not be defined by the fight between the Republicans and the Democrats; it will not be about which wave will be stronger – the “Red wave” or the “Blue wave”.


The future of the American politics will be defined by the struggle between the “White wave” and the “Black wave” (in a sense, one could call it “a race war”). I have to say upfront that I'm not the only one and not the first one who is or was predicting “a race war” (Google it), but I am convinced that the time has significantly changed and the social conditions are very different from the time of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King jr. (I talked about this in this post).


On the surface, and in the media, everything may be presented in a different, more accustomed, usual way, i.e. “Republicans v. Democrats”, or “Conservatives v. Liberals”.


But underneath of all of that the real power struggle will be between white population of Americans and non-white (lead by the Blacks) population of America.


There is nothing mystical about this prediction.


It is based on well established, and very well-known data.


Demographic data.

In America, the growth rate of non-white population overpassed the growth rate of white population. Soon, some say by 2044, white American will become the minority. Even sooner, by 2032, the majority of the working class will be non-white.


Whether someone likes it or not, but eventually, the demographic power will make a transition into the political power. Non-white Americans will become the dominant force in American politics.


There is nothing that can stop this from happening.


Well, there is.


For example, white supremacists can join forces with religious radicals, take political power and install a fascists regime. For the last five years we have been observing the glimpses of this power grab, and tomorrow America may become one step closer to that. Everything Republicans (remaining in the party and following Trump) do is to get ready for the day when white Americans become the minority.


Another option is to provide a massive governmental support of all sorts (money, healthcare, child care, etc.) to all women to make taking care of kids an easy job. But that would be considered “socialism”, and hence, will never happen (Oh, the power of stupidity!! The clear sign of a deep degradation of American elite, as I wrote two years ago).


In any scenario, I foresee escalating power struggle between Whites and Non-Whites.


For hundreds of years African Americans have been feeling oppressed, because they have been oppressed. All economic and political structures in America have been built to keep white American a dominant economic and political force. Racism in America has been and remains a built-in feature in politics and economy; it has been and remains systemic and systematic.


But with the growth of the non-white population, America will see an inevitable growth of the anti-racism.


However, the most probable scenario is that the anti-racists forces will become (at least at the beginning) mostly anti-white forces.


There is nothing mystical about that prediction – pure human psychology.


“You have been making our lives miserable. Now it’s our time to pay you back for all our past suffering; now it’s your time to suffer”.


It’s called “revenge”. And I bet that (at least at the beginning) the dominant psychology in the anti-racist movement will be the revenge psychology.


Because, well, the human nature.


The human nature multiplied by the predominantly low level of education.


Drastic political changes do not happen by the actions of the smartest and the brightest. Drastic political changes happen by the actions of the least educated who are led by some smart and manipulative people: Hitler, Stalin, Trump, … (Trump was Obama’s legacy, and even if Biden wins, there is a high probability that his legacy will be someone even worse).


The majority of the white Trump supporters represents the least educated layer of white Americans.


African Americans represent another layer of generally poorly educated people.


BTW: not their fault, Americans of all colors have a poor education because American elite never wanted to spend enough money on making public education good. The vast majority of money the government used to propel a so called “educational reform” did not go to schools and teachers, but went to so-called “researchers” and “advisers” (as described in this example). Basically, some members of elite moved money to other members of elite. And they are planning on doing this again.

It's like when 90 % of the Country have no food, instead of spending money on growing corn and potato the Congress decided to study which type of corn/potato is more nutritious.


There is the right way to approach the reform (making teachers to be the leading force), but that approach does not include spending millions on useless “research”, hence, no one wants it.


Hence, don’t expect any visible progress in public education any soon.


Hence, the future politics will be defined by the power struggle between two the least educated parts of American population: poorly educated Whites, and Blacks.


Elementary logic/math forces us to make a conclusion, that purely due the upcoming demographic changes, eventually, the Whites will lose that fight.


The world history (e.g. Germany, Russia, China) shows what will happen when poorly educated masses come to a power. Anyone who doesn’t believe that the same will happen in America is in a denial, a delusional optimist.


The glimpses of what is coming for the whole country one can see in the businesses where predominantly white staff has been gradually replaced by predominantly non-white staff; e.g. many health care businesses (like nursing homes). White managers do not manage because they are afraid to be called a racists (or maybe he wasn't a good manager in the first place; the quality of management has been declining in the U.S. for decades). The norms applied to white staff are not applied to non-white staff anymore; non-white staff is treated by the lower standards. The quality of services has dropped. There are African Americans who may feel entitled for some kind of reparations: For hundreds of years my people have been exploited, why should I work now? (would be a great study find out hoe many). It may not happen in every such a business, but it does happen in some – that’s a fact.


Now, imagine the same is happening on all levels of government.


There are, of course, a means to mitigate (but not to totally avoid) this upcoming political and social turmoil. And the #1 is to start finally to educate America people. All of them. As soon as possible. As good as possible! Especially non-white Americans (since they will be the rulers).


And the #1 force that should be pushing for that should be African Americans. African Americans need to take their political economic and social future in their own hands. Because no other hands will do that for them. The African-American community is reaching such a state when it can function on its own. That, of course, is not ideal. But that will allow African-Americans to guide more and more resources into education and healthcare; simultaneously pursuing other goals like police reform.


In this election the only reason I voted for Biden was that African Americans selected him to fight Trump. If it wasn’t for them, I would be voting for Sanders, or Warren, or whoever would be running against Trump.


I wish Biden wins. I hope he wins. There is no chance that Trump administration would do anything good for public education. With Biden, the chance at least is not zero.


But if Biden will lose, I sure would like to see the faces of all Democratic strategists and top Biden supporters, starting from Obama. As I described in multiple publications, including Why Do I Want To Vote For Trump?, I don't believe that the Democrats learned any lesson from their 2016 fiasco.

Dr. Valentin Voroshilov


For more on the matters of politics, follow to this page: Politics.


Some of the most informative posts:


Why Russian American Vote For Trump


Trump is right about foreign online students  


In politics thinking makes all the difference.


Greed - the American cancer that killed good management.


The Degradation of The White Male American Elite


The Only Way To Defeat White Nationalism Is To Embrace “Black Nationalism”



American Republicans are just Russian Bolsheviks!


What Is Wrong With Socialism. Really


Peering through the fog of brainwashing


"The True Role Of The Third Party In The U.S. In The Current Political Environment"


China v. The U.S.: The Battle Of Strategic Thinking


Obama's legacy is Trump. Who will be yours, Mr. Biden?


Transcripts to the “Alien Thoughts” videos

P.S. I don't claim that I'm the first one who writes about upcoming race war. But I bet that my piece is the shortest on this matter. And, maybe, one of the clearest. 

P.P.S. Above, in this piece, I made a statement about the general quality of management in the U.S., I said it has been declining for decades. Some readers may say; How do you know that, do you have any proof?” Yes, I do. Just look around. Look at the mess America in. Don't see the mess? Then you are blind. Or an idiot. Or lazy. If that's the latter, spend some time on reading, start from this piece (don't worry, it's not mine and it's short). And stick to simply and clear folk wisdom:


Sunday, November 1, 2020

America! The victim of the Primitivism.



America is in a free fall. Joe Biden administration has a chance to open a parachute and slow it down. A very small chance, because America needs professionals. America BADLY needs professionals. But for decades (!) American managers have been rejecting anyone who did not fit in their “professional” profile where the top qualities were “nice”, “comfortable”, agreeing”. 


I personally have been conducting a 20-year long experiment on the matter. 


Links to stories that are closely based on personal experience:


“Being Polite” versus “Being Nice”: social implications of both.


When conforming to conformity leads to a social deterioration. 


Professional communication: a case study.


How To Fail A Job Interview


Confessions of a Creative Brain

Is the Cat Worth Be Saved? or A Curious Case of a Risky Entrepreneur.


Was Mr. Jeff Bezos a visionary, is he still is, and will he remain to be such?


Jeff Bezos v. Education


 Why I'm quitting Amazon Prime. 


The Beginning of The End of The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative


Vision v. Imagination: what does a venture capitalist use?


A word of advice to Mark Zuckerberg: “You are not Steve Jobs, and that’s a good thing.”


To Dr. Priscilla Chan (and everyone who is hungry): food for thoughts.


A free advice to a University President


Three Myths of The Higher Education


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


When both artificial intelligence and human intelligence fail – call it Facebook!


How much of the NSF funded fundamental scientific educational research is really fundamental?


Publicity v. The Mission; a tough decision For The NSF.


In Management Thinking Makes All The Difference


It took me a long way to reformat my mind.


From being a Teach-er to becoming a Teach-smith


Searching For Visionaries!


Why Did Russian Cyber Forces Beat Their U.S. Adversaries in 2016?


What does it mean to be "smart?"


Seven Reasons Why Rich Philanthropists Fail at Making Systemic Changes in Education


What is so special about being a Scientists?


How is U.S. education reform entangled with U.S.S.R.


 Appearances can be deceiving, in education, too.


Why Have Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Been Spent on Development the Common Core Math Standards?


The Biggest Fakes and Breakthroughs of The Next Decade.


The future of education is impossible without a robust online component.


Getting ready for the fall semester? Here are some hints.


I want you to know what I did last summer!


Evaluating Teaching Quality At a University Level


The Litmus Test


A Collection Of Student Evaluations


American Suicide, or "The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions".

Chapter I:


Everything that is happening in America these years and days stems out from the same root, that is the way of life called the Primitivism. 


I have been writing on the matters for quite a while and have already numerous publications, hence I am not going to repeat all my views again. For example:


In management thinking makes all the difference.


In politics thinking makes all the difference.


I will not repeat all those arguments again. I just point at the fact that the just over the last decade, in front of my eyes, the quality of management and the quality of many products has dropped.

The Primitivism in business has led to the situation when the measure of business success has been reduced to only one parameter – money. The result of that was devastating for America. For decades American elite treated America in the primitive way, as it was a third-world country, draining resource in the cheapest way possible, without any consideration of how it might affect its future. And eventually America has become a third-world country, with the same level of division between rich and poor, educated and illiterate, born in affluent or depressed areas.


The Primitivism in management has led to the situation when the criterion for selecting a manager has been reduced to only one parameter – communicability. A manager does not need to be an expert, does not need to know the field. A manager needs to be able to inspire potential shareholders and deal makers. The result is that managers make their decisions based solely on how it will affect their end-of-the-year bonus and the potential golden parachute. One quick example: Massachusetts is one of the riches states in the country. And yet, its roads are covered with potholes, cellular signal is dismal, public transportation is terrible, the internet is slower than in Europe. Price of housing is very high but the quality of  houses is awful. And that’s just a tip of an iceberg.


The bulk of this piece is about the Primitivism in education, that has been proliferating for decades, and was the most damaging for the country.


I’m a teacher. For me, there is just so many times a teacher needs to repeat his explanation to a student. If a student still does not get it, it means he simply has no required background knowledge, skills or abilities. What should a teacher do in this situation? That is a completely different discussion, that, however, reminds me a very old joke.


A newly hired young math teacher just finished his class. In a hallway ye meets a seasoned teacher and tells him: “My students are so stupid! I explained them the theorem. They didn’t get it. I explained them the theorem again. They didn’t get it. I explained the theorem the third time. I finally got it! They still didn’t.”


There is also a Russian folk saying: “Saving a drowning guy is the business of the drowning guy”. So, saving Americans is the business of Americans. And that brings us to another saying, this time American: “One can lead a horse to water, but one cannot make it drink”. I got you to water, the rest is up to you.


In this piece I just want to shed some light on one specific consequence of the Primitivism in education.


In America, neither educators, nor administrators know the difference between teaching and training circus animals. That, of course, is true for politicians and even people in the field of artificial intelligence, but that is, again, a very different discussion. The vast majority of the research in education is either unnecessary or trivial. 


All that “research” has one and only one motivation – climbing a career ladder: grants, publications, fame, conferences. No one really cares about how would this “research” make actual difference for students (attitudes, learning outcomes). Because making actual difference for students does NOT need any of such “research” (I've been writing about it a lot, for example in this piece).


Give me a research” paper and I will prove that (like I did in this publication). It's like Let's study if the air is important for people; make two groups, the control group will be in the room with the air, and the other one in the room without it. Study shows ...”; or Let's study how exercise affects muscle; one group will exercise for a month both hands, and another just the left one”. Here is an example of a very resent publication where researchers“prove”that when teenagers do something outside of their classes they spend less time in front of a screen and feel better.


One can find researches in the field of educational psychology who have some right views on what is teaching and learning, but those people can be counted by the fingers on one hand and have no affect on education strategies and policies. The rest, the most active figures in education, believe that teaching is merely transferring knowledge from a head of a teach in to the head of a student. 1st. In order to this process work teachers should have much more specific knowledge in their heads, in the first place. 2nd. Teaching is simply not that. Learning is not drinking from the fountain on knowledge. The process of learning is the process in which knowledge is being developed in the mind of a person. But, when students are let to perform random activities, on their own, they will not be able to construct any significant knowledge. That is where a teacher comes into a picture. A teacher must be able to help students organize their learning activities in the most efficient way.


Thinking is a deliberate manipulation with various mental objects/elements/entities. A developed brain can simultaneously manipulate with many such objects, it can process vast amount information incoming via multiple channels. Using jargon familiar to IT and AI people, a developed brain is like the latest computer CPU, and an underdeveloped brain is like an old fashioned 80286 (look it up). The ultimate goal of education is helping people to make their brain work like a powerful CPU. BTW: AI people take this idea literally.


There are, of course, loud proponents of creativity in education, but those people are no more than motivational speakers who keep repeating trivial statements like: “people can find all the knowledge on the internet and what people really need to do is creating new stuff”; but (1) they have been repeating similar trivialities for decades, and (2) they cannot offer any specific teaching strategy because they have no idea what creativity is and how it is to be developed.


“Creativity … it is when people … create! So, let students create! And student will be creative!”


This kind of trivial, sorry, Primitive, stuff, represents the essence of their “creative” idea.


“Let students create” is no different from “Let a monkey type!” There is a chance that by randomly pressing letters on a typewriter a monkey will write something meaningful. But that chance is dismal. Exactly like the chance for kids involved in random activities become creative. At best, they will become self-confident; and eventually, when growing up, arrogant.


Not every activity teaches something valuable, not every action represents a useful experience. Even a seemingly meaningful activity becomes actually meaningful only via reflection on different aspects of that activity. Without that reflection it is only potentially meaningful. 


Since proponents of “creativity” cannot offer any specific teaching strategy, the majority of educators simply ignore them. And continue treating students like circus animals – in complete accordance with their Primitive view on what learning is: learning is acquiring specific knowledge and skills. Hence, the #1 teaching strategy is a drill. And even that would not be bad if teachers would be capable of complicated, elaborated, sophisticate, deep drills. Because in that case they would automatically, without even know it, be working on achieving the actual goal of learning.


Brain development.


The mission of learning is brain development.


Brain development, of course, includes filling it up with specific historically/socially/professionally relevant knowledge.


Brain development, of course, includes training it with performing specific historically/socially/professionally relevant activities (a.k.a. skills).


But the most important goal of brain development is to make it, well, developed, i.e. to make it to be able to manage complicated, elaborated, sophisticate, deep thought processes.


This goal has never been a part of American education.


As the result, American education system has not been able to produce a sufficient number of people with a developed brain.


In the past, in order to function effectively, the economy did not need so many people with a developed brain. Even though the system of education did not have a goal of producing people with a developed brain, some people students would graduate with their brain developed enough (usually despite the schooling).


Gradually, the need for people with a developed brain has been growing. But the system still did not produce them. America runs on inertia. There are still many Americans who were trained about twenty years ago. But those people are leaving the work force. Hence, the economy has become addicted to foreign intellectuals. 


But American-born politicians, managers, administrators, etc. have been becoming less and less smart and clever.


And that includes educators of all sort.


A brain functions essentially like a regular muscle. If you train it, it gets trained. If your work is digging trenches, eventually you will build up body. 


That is why I said (the n-th time in the last 15 years) that if school teachers could provide sophisticated training to their students, those students would have been developing their brain anyway.


Unfortunately, American teachers cannot do that. It’s not their fault. They did not get the right training. Because America has no system of teacher preparation. Because people who are responsible for preparing teachers themselves have a very Primitive view on what learning and teaching is.


Essentially, America simply has no people who would be able to understand the actual mission of learning, and how to achieve it; and, hence, people who understand the difference between random human activities and the strategy for the guided process of the development of human creativity. And it's not because I try to explain Newton's Laws (and I could). No. It is because the understanding of the essence of learning requires a brain capable of manipulating with many mental entities for a long period of time. And such educators do not exist anymore in America (at least among those who actively influence education).


There is a phrase in physics “derived from the first principles”. It means that a scientist starts from a fundamental, i.e. the most general law/principle and logically arrives at a specific testable conclusion. The best example of such reasoning is the Special Relativity theory that starts from two Einstein's postulates. American educators do not possess such type of reasoning. Not virtually don't possess - that would mean it exists, but rare. No - don't possess - period. This is the only logical conclusion that explains almost two decades of my communication in the field. There are three reasons for that.
American educators do not have even the idea/notion of “a first principle”, and they do not know any first principles of learning and teaching.


And they are incapable of comprehending the complex mental structure required for building an internal/mental representation of the connections between fundamental principles and specific outcomes from those principles.

Because of that, instead of designing and offering to teachers comprehensive solutions, every single education development entity offers them one small tool that supposed to help with one small teaching action. the result is that teachers get (here comes a metaphor)
a kit of disassembled parts to build your own car, when all the parts come form different manufactures who do not even coordinate their own development”.


And trying to discuss with people in the field anything that goes beyond a simple one-element one-step action always hits a wall.


It's not that people hear your argument, disagree, and design a logically elaborated counterargument. No.  People simply cannot comprehend arguments anymore (here, of course, I talk about people who consider themselves intellectuals). Multiply that by the exaggerated sense of self-importance (a.k.a. exceptionalism, a.k.a. arrogance) and you have people who do not make (i.e. design) decisions anymore, because they have no such ability, but simply react on emotions. Hence - the rise of motivational speakers, including con men.

BTW: Hence – Trump.


And even if this term is his only term, the lasting effect of the American Primitivism will be shaping America for decades to come.


Of course, America has people who are experts in their professional fields. But heir professional knowledge is so narrow (hail to the Primitivism!),  so even when they gather together to discuss big issues, they act like the blinded men hugging an elephant.

 Dr. Valentin Voroshilov

Chapter II:

Another example of the primitivism is the ongoing discussion of  life-learning, like “these days life changes so fast that one cannot have one education for life, and has to learn new things again and again”. First, this statement is trivial and not new, e.g. I wrote it in my dissertation about twenty years ago.

Although my conclusion was that because of that school teachers must have an ability to learn or they would not be able to teach that ability to students. I tried to promote this view but did not succeed ( - American teachers do not want learn new things. Anyway, once again the term
life-long learning” is being understood in a very primitive way. Of course people have to learn through all their lives - that is oboists, and the fact that technological world changes now faster than before does not make much difference. It only means that nowadays more people will be directly affected by those changes. Life-long learning means that now the world has become so complex, complicated, that no one can learn all its complexity even within about 20 years of constant learning. Those first years of learning - from an elementary school to a university/college can only give knowledge and skill sufficient to start professional carrier. But in order to become an advance citizen of the world one has to keep learning. That learning has to lead to not just professional growth but also the growth as a person, and has to include courses that help to broaden the personality (including history, philosophy, languages. art, music). That is why when HR needs to develop tools to promote and support life learning - not just in general (“you got a new certificate - great!”), but providing a specific list of courses HR wants one to finish (I mentioned the role of HR in this post).

Want to learn more? (really??)

Give a kick to your curiosity and read something from these pages:

Strategies For Teaching Science

Philosophy Of Education


For example:

No sign for improving math education soon.

Modeling Instructions, Design Thinking, and Productive Thinking for a Science Teacher.

The Essence of the Meaning of ZPD

What is the "Socratic Method"?

From being a Teach-er to becoming a Teach-smith

Fundamental Laws of TeachOlogy: a Handbook For a Science Teacher.

Professional Designing for Teachers

A Problem v. A Task; the Distinction Matters!

Regular Education v. Elite Education

Rules For Becoming A Master 

Factual thinking v. integrative thinking, or how we need to teach science

The Deliberate Thinking v. Digging a Trench

Education Reform Needs a New Paradigm

How is U.S. education reform entangled with U.S.S.R

Three Lessons from Neurology to Science Teachers

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

What does it mean to be "smart?" 

How much of the NSF funded fundamental scientific educational research is really fundamental?

"Backpack Full of Cash": pointing at a problem without offering a solution

Why Did Russian Cyber Forces Beat Their U.S. Adversaries in 2016?

Five Projects Critical for Education.

Seven Reasons Why Rich Philanthropists Fail at Making Systemic Changes in Education

Is the Cat Worth Be Saved? or A Curious Case of a Risky Entrepreneur.

The importance of early exposure to thinking.


P.S. If you read these words, it means you have your curiosity high enough to scroll down through the list of publications. Curiosity should be rewarded. Your reward is the joke below.


The saddest thing is that the American model - that is clearly proved to be wrong - has been adopted by numerous countries, which now experience the same issues. That brings to mind another old joke (names don't matter, but I'd advise to check them on Google).


Vasily Сhapaev and Chingachgook are drinking moonshine. When they finished the first bottle, Сhapaev said: “I got more in a barn, I‘ll come and get it”. He went out. Chingachgook left waiting, when he suddenly heard loud ruckus and a scream coming out from the barn. Soon Сhapaev came back holding a new bottle in his hand and rubbing a huge black eye with another one. Chingachgook asked nothing and Сhapaev said nothing. They finished another bottle. “Now, it’s your turn to go”, said Сhapaev. Chingachgook went to the barn. Soon Сhapaev heard loud ruckus and a scream. When Chingachgook came back, he had a new bottle and a black eye. They finished a bottle. Сhapaev stood up and went to a barn. After loud ruckus and a scream, he came back with another bottle and another black eye. And they finished that bottle. And Chingachgook went to the barn. There was no ruckus, no scream, and when he came back he got another bottle. “How’s that you didn’t hit your second eye?” asked Сhapaev. “Only a white man can step twice on the same bow-rake” said Chingachgook.


For me and my friends, this phrase: “Only a white man can step twice on the same bow-rake” has become a go-phrase when we wanted to describe someone who could not learn.


P.P.S. “Being Polite” versus “Being Nice”: social implications of both.