Data science and education

This post follows up on last post suggesting that there should be a fresh emphasis on data science (the selection, scrutiny and analysis of data) in the elementary and secondary education.    Recent education reforms such as common core present an opportunity to look forward to the challenges of future citizens and workers participating in…

Dark data of coincidences, followed by consequences

In earlier posts, I described the appeal of big data analysis to find answers to questions that lack any direct observations.   The idea is that enriching observations with additional details can expose patterns that can provide information otherwise we would miss. It is like a business marketing study of big data that finds that…

Cohort Learning

I want to share some more thoughts on my posts “the under-challenged kid” and “Just In Time Learning“.  In the first post, I wondered about potential benefits of unstructured learning, where the emphasis is on the play (constructing and deconstructing arguments) instead of the rules (material to be memorized).   In the second post I…

Just in Time Learning

In the 1980s at start of my career, I was excited to learn about Just In Time (JIT) manufacturing based on lessons learned from the Japanese manufacturing model.   I wasn’t in an industry that could take advantage of this, and I didn’t have an incentive to study it deeply.  But the basic idea stuck…

Our fear of the young mind

My impression reading about current state of elementary and secondary school education is that since the time I went to school, the education is demanding more attention of the student through the use of more frequent and more intense homework, more frequent and wider-ranging standardized testing. In our quest for higher performance standards of the…

Comprehension vs Rhetoric in terms of implications on Democracy

My childhood education is modern as opposed to classical.   In terms of English, modern education focuses on reading, writing, and comprehension.    Common Core takes this approach but with a fixed program that dictates that this education process is stretched over 13 years (K-12).   There is even some talk to answer disappointing progress…

Motivation for Learning

When looking for qualified staff for open positions, employers began to look beyond educational achievements  such as high school diploma or college degrees.  While these accomplishments may mean something, they were not adequate to demonstrate a candidate’s readiness for a particular type of job, especially in the knowledge-worker careers. The response was a increased appreciation…