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Thought of the Day: Thriving in the World of the Future requires Learning in the Manner of the Past

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I ran into two articles this morning about education from the Washington Post that on the surface seem very different, yet truly dovetail into each other.   The first is the fact that education in the United States is not providing the skills to the population that will be needed for the 21st century, even though it is in vogue to say things are “21st Century Skills”.   One only needs to look to the fact that Common Core requires teaching imaginary numbers but never mentions binary to see we have a problem.  The other article was about how we screw up learning in school so often, and how instructional fads that are said to be absolutely true at the time, are often not.  Along the same lines, it is worth considering what has happened when kids have just gotten to use a computer, and how much they learned on their own.



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August 22nd, 2016 at 11:59 am

A “TED Talk” Explanation of my Doctoral Research

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As I work to enter back into a doctoral program with UNISA, I have realized that I haven’t yet had a quick cohesive explanation of why it is so important to me to do the research I am doing.  So here is that attempt to explain why I believe what I’m working on will make a significant contribution to the field of education, and beyond that, why it could be something that truly changes the world, and also how others can get involved.  Who knows, maybe some day this will become a real TED Talk 🙂

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September 18th, 2015 at 11:59 am

Re-Applying to the University of South Africa; Refining and Improving my Research Proposal

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My journey to earn my doctorate with the University of South Africa has had many fits and starts, in which over 5 years ago I was starting to think about applying to UNISA, and almost 3 years ago I started on different doctoral research with them, and last year I changed my idea completely about what research I wanted to do, but was a “day late, and dollar short” to get in. But it looks like this year I will be able to start again.

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September 6th, 2015 at 11:59 am

Compiling a Compendium of Countries

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Compendium of Countries LogoFor the past several weeks I have restarted my work on my doctoral studies with the University of South Africa (UNISA).  I have scrapped my past draft research proposal, because I was not sufficiently enthusiastic about what would be gained from them, based upon the time investment.

But, now I feel I am working on a thesis that will truly add something of significance to the field of Comparative Education and to the social sciences, in general.  Plus, it will result in a data set that can be used in multiple manners afterwards by other researchers, and tools that other researchers can use. I am compiling an open Compendium of Countries, which will contain as much quantitative information I can get about every country of the world.

And then I’m going to see which characteristics of countries have correlations with each other.  This I hope will find potential patterns that can be of benefit to recognize and understand.  I will post more soon about what I’m learning as part of developing my research proposal.

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November 3rd, 2014 at 11:59 am