Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to ‘keep churning out papers’
There have been many measures taken to try to turn the educational system towards more control, more indoctrination, more vocational training, imposing a debt, which traps students and young people into a life of conformity… That’s the exact opposite of [what] traditionally comes out of The Enlightenment. And there’s a constant struggle between those. In the colleges, in the schools, do you train for passing tests, or do you train for creative inquiry?
Passing tests doesn’t begin to compare with searching and inquiring and pursuing topics that engage us and excite us. That’s far more significant than passing tests and, in fact, if that’s the kind of educational career you’re given the opportunity to pursue, you will remember what you discovered.
Best thing i’ve read all week. Sadly, 99.9 percent of the students in India are trained and optimised for passing the “TESTS and EXAMS.”
They are just vehemently discouraged from pursing their passions that are outside the “NORM.” Education should be all about prodding kids towards finding a deeper and sapid learning experience.
Volume III of The Feynman Lectures on Physics is now online. What a fantastic resource. Thanks Caltech!
The chemical reaction that feeds the world - Daniel D. Dulek (by TED-Ed)
How do we grow crops quickly enough to feed the Earth’s billions? It’s called the Haber process, which turns the nitrogen in the air into ammonia, easily converted in soil to the nitrate plants need to survive. Though it has increased food supply worldwide, the Haber process has also taken an unforeseen toll on the environment. Daniel D. Dulek delves into the chemistry and consequences.
I’ve said this before and i’m saying it again! I really envy the kids of today. Access to the top notch educational content is just a click away these days. However, it is never too late to learn/re-learn a few things about the way our world works.
Most people could name many of the elements, but how many of us know how they got those names?
I learnt a few new things today.
People who are motivated on their own, I think, are always going to do better than people who are fed a diet of things.
Nate Silver in an Interview with the Harvard Business Review.
People who are driven by their own insatiable hunger to learn are the ones who make a difference in this world.
Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.
What a great quote.
Providing Education is more than just shoving a bunch of facts down a student’s throat.
Science is people. It’s a collective human endeavor, where people make theories, test them based on observation, and then refine the theory when the tests disagree with it. Data, seen in the beautiful pictures before, is just a side object that confirms the process is working. Science is the process and the people. Data is the residue.
Quote Excerpted from “WHY YOU DON’T “F***ING LOVE SCIENCE”. Terrific piece.
This is an absolute gold-mine. Fantastic resource.