Check two NEW posts "How Americans Are Killing Their Own Progress" & "The Playbook Republicans Use to Brainwash Americans Comes From the KGB" in the Blog Archive on the right. This Blog is a part of my media social experiment. I use polemic language. Don't read it if "you can't handle the truth"! :)
What is the difference between an expert and a professional?
A professionaldoes what is needed to be done.
An expert explains - why.
How do people become professionals?
By accumulating professional experience.
How do people become experts?
By reflecting on accumulated professional experience.
The mission (i.e. the reason for existence) of science as a human practice is making reliable
The missionof a scientistas an agent of that
practice is discovering truth and presenting it in a testable
form. The missionof a teacher is fostering
in students his/her love for learning. The missionof a science teacher
is sharing with students the feeling of pleasure from thinking.
“A visionary is not the one who can see things farther
away than others, nowadays everyone can utilize binoculars or other instruments
to see things afar. A visionary is the one who can see NOW, what others will
see much later.”
Since then I
wrote many more posts on education (evidently), but my search for a visionary
philanthropist has not yet been fruitful.
pieces in the third part of this webpage include descriptions of the efforts of
is not about what they do – I admire the efforts to help children getting
is about what they claim – they all claim to reform, reshape the whole
system of education.
addressed that claim in my pieces.
Here I just
want to repeat again that all those foundations will prove is that if you
have enough money to hire enough good teachers and to provide to
teachers and student good learning environment, students will be
learning better than students in other schools.
the whole system of education requires much more than that; and that is
the reason for me writing all those articles listed above (Don’t believe
me? Read them!).
Here and now
I will only repeat one major feature of the only approach which will
make a difference (if applied right) – the openness (some
specifics can be found in this
I am not an idiot or a reckless person. The reason I can
allow myself writing what I think, even if that is perpendicular to commonly
adopted and conventional views, is that my financial situation is sufficient
and stable. Of course, as a normal person, I wouldn't mind making more money,
or being involved in more interesting projects (as
described in my generic resume). But I do not have to pretend to be
someone I'm not to make my living.