Sunday, November 27, 2016

Five Projects Critical for Education


Intellectual health of the people is at least as important 
as their physical health.
Our richest and smartest businessmen successfully target difficult, complex, complicated problems like:
Eradicating Polio and Malaria (Bill and Melinda Gates: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Development/Polio);
Finding cure to all diseases (Mr. Zuckerberg and Dr. Chan: https://chanzuckerberg.com/);
Space tourism (Richard Branson: http://www.virgingalactic.com/);
Space cargo (Jeff Bezos: https://www.blueorigin.com/);
Colonizing Mars (Elon Musk: http://www.spacex.com/).
However, NONE of them or their fellow peers wants to apply their intellect, effort, resource to dragging public education as a human practice out from its meager state (improving education in a given institution is not the same as transforming education as a human practice).
I do understand the desire to take on a big and complicated problem and to leave behind (eventually) their own "Egyptian Pyramid". But what could be more difficult and more fulfilling than showing to the billions of people the path from illiteracy, ignorance, "dark ages" toward new ENLIGHTENMENT?
Many philanthropists support some specific educational institutions (schools, colleges, universities, non-profits), but no one takes on problems of a systemic and systematic character. One can only hope that this situation will change, and carry on with whatever is possible to be done until that would happen. 


The following LONG-term projects 
(Might take decades to complete! But keeps blood running) have the potential to transform (which is different from "to reform") public education on a large scale.
1. Advancing the science of education (scroll to Part II)


2. Physics as the door into STEM education




All the projects are interconnected, but operationally independent (can be managed independently).
However, it is always worthwhile to see the whole picture.
This is why I have developed a presentation which tells about the first four projects, one after another:
This link leads to the video of the presentation (or a backup link http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x53r5gy).

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To learn more about my professional experience:

I letter to Venture Capitalists and philanthropists

Hello.
Many Venture Capital companies invest in health/medicine related start-ups.
I am looking for Venture Capital professionals (or philanthropists) who would be interested in supporting a project in the field of the Intellectual Health of the Nation (a.k.a. Education).
Many Venture Capital companies are looking for the “next Steve Jobs”.
I am looking for Venture Capital professionals who would be curios to meet the “next Steve Wozniak”.
I am a professional educator with a long and broad successful experience.
AS the result of my broad career, I have developed a very specific and bold project at the intersection of human psychology, science of teaching, and information technologies (including AI), which has the potential to transform education, as well as science of education.
I am a realist. I am not a businessman, and do not possess abilities sufficient for establishing a start-up on my own. But I have knowledge, skills, and vision of the final “product” of such a start-up.
All information about me is openly available online.
The proof of my experience:
The proof of the quality of my experience: http://www.GoMars.xyz/evvv.html
The proof of the breadth of my experience: http://www.Cognisity.How
I know this is not an orthodox way to seek a VC collaborator, but my professional experience makes me an unorthodox expert who is looking for unorthodox individuals.

For venture capitalists and philanthropists who would be willing to support less unorthodox projects, I can offer the following: 
Books:
These two books provide unparalleled insights into psychology and practice of education. Their translation from Russian would become an invaluable addition to the English literature on the matter.
1.  Psychology of a human // Evgeni Isaev, Viktor Slobodchikov
Психология человека. Введение в психологию субъективности //
2.  Fundamentals of Pedagogy. Introduction into applied philosophy. // Sergei Gessen
Основы педагогики. Введение в прикладную философию //

Documentaries:
I personally would be able run project # 4, including preparing and conducting lessons for future physics teachers, running laboratory exercises and problem-solving sessions, I also could oversee all other projects (# 1, 2, 3, 5).
1.  Charter schools in America.
This documentary should have at least a dozen episodes;
Each episode should feature one charter schools (large and small, urban, rural, upscale), including actual lessons, interviews with teachers, students, parents, administrators, district officials, business representatives, discussing what was the reason for establishing the school, who were for and against it, what was expected, what was achieved, issues, problems, future.
2.  Public schools in America (the structure is similar to #1).
3.  Public schools in the world (the structure is similar to #1).
4.  Becoming a physics teacher.
This documentary should feature a group of pre-service or in-service teachers who have no education in physics of physics education but want to become physics teachers. The series of episodes should feature teachers taking classes, doing homework, doing laboratory exercises, having discussions, solving physics problems, and also giving lessons to students, reflecting on their learning and teaching experience.
5.  Becoming a math teacher (the structure is similar to #4).
Some examples of my writing on the matter:
A General “Algorithm” for Creating a Solution to a Physics Problem.

What does “thinking as a physicist” mean?

How I flipped my class without even knowing it.

How much of “cyber” in “cyberlearning” and "cyberthinking"??

The Essence of the Meaning of “Zone of Proximal Development”.

Who and why should learn physics?

Physics as a Door into STEM Education.

Professional Designing as One of Key Competencies of Modern Teacher: an Ability Which Every Teacher Needs to Have.

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

Becoming a STEM teacher: a crash course for people entering the profession.

On a Definition of AI.

Although, my papers are usually on teaching physics (because lately I mostly teach physics), however, the methodology can be applied to any STEM subject (I used it to teach and tutor Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Problem Solving, Logic, and more).
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Dr. Valentin Voroshilov  
BU, Physics Department



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