Just in time learning and supervision

There seems to be something more fundamental lacking in the engineer’s preparedness for their job. Despite finding a lack of key information in the published instructions on either the biocide or the maintenance manual, they were not deterred in their confidence that this should be a simple task. They were convinced the task was simple, and the circumstances did nothing to undermine that confidence. The missing element in this scenario was self-supervision.

Thoughts on grading in schools

I think education needs grades and that the grades ideally should be measured on a bell curve. The grades identify where to cut the tails off of the central cohort. The tests need to be challenging enough to expose those tails so that they may be trimmed from the cohort. Our problem is our failure to recognize that the C grade is the ideal grade.

Detox from work

A sabbatical is a legitimate option for career training. This is the only time a person can learn how to fill in unstructured time. Doing so develops skills in how to create jobs where none were defined before. The key element of extended absences is the completely unstructured time. Things that do need to be done can take much longer than normally would be allowed in a work setting.

Lockdown: a game of Freeze Dance

The freeze dance game is an analogy of what lock down subjects to young people. In that game, someone plays music that everyone enjoys dancing to. When everyone starts getting well into their dancing, someone stops the music and everyone must freeze in their position. Anyone who continues to move is taken out of the game, even if that movement involves catching ones balance. When translated to real life, it is most hazardous for the younger generations.

Masters of Ignorance: effective data analysis

We should study observations separately from derivations from theories.   The deliberately ignorant takes the position that data is superior to science.   There is a valid place for the deliberately ignorant when included in teams with domain experts representing each of the relevant scientific disciplines.   In order to work, the deliberately ignorant needs to be skilled at his craft of being ignorant in the right way to propel the team towards a new solution without annoying everyone to the point of being expelled.

What men bring: planting of seeds

The motivation of this post was the revelation that I recently experienced where I saw the sprouting of something I planted earlier.  I don’t know where it will lead, but the exhilaration of seeing the first signs of independent of life is something that I also am left alone to experience.

Of the things that men bring to society, some of us plant seeds.

Cosmic teachers

Just like the fact that I can’t interest an advanced piano teacher doesn’t diminish the fact that such teachers exist, the fact that science can’t engage the immaterial teacher says nothing about the existence of such a teacher. The teacher is simply uninterested in engaging, and have every good reason to not engage.

Agile model for higher education, learning in sprints instead of semesters

The agile approach would subject an eligible worker to a couple weeks of intense training and testing to meet the requirements so that the worker can be available to work in a short period of time. The resulting contract will be between the client and the corporation that will take a cut of the hourly rate and then pass the remainder to the worker. The worker would be paid uniformly for the education and the assigned task.