In less than 100 seconds, Particle physicist John Dainton argues the importance of giving academics the freedom to explore their intellectual curiosities. 

Bottom line: Our modern world ceases to exist without a sound understanding of fundamental science. 

Bingo! It is what you learn and what you’re passionate that matters but sadly in my part of the world Grades take precedence over everything else. 

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“Education is what people do to you, learning is what you do to yourself.”
— MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito at #TED2014. Pair with this excellent read on how to fuel the lifelong engine of learning beyond formal education.   (via educationalliberty)

Well if that doesn’t hit the nail on the proverbial head, I don’t know what does. Let’s be learning facilitators, not educators.

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Why?

Why is our school system so adept at turning vast majority kids into cynical adults who absolutely resent learning? 

A few random thoughts on completing one’s education.

I find it really absurd when people ask me or others around me the question: When did you complete your education? 

I’m a firm believer in Education being a life-long experience. As far i’m concerned, one’s education comes to an end when we have breathed our last or when we lose our heads to a debilitating brain disease.

Our Education can last as long we have will, time, and the desire to learn all the new things in the ever-chanigng world around us. There’s absolute no reason to stop learning once we have that “Degree” and “A Job.” So, you know what to say when somebody’s asks you that cliched question. Right? 

How fast are you moving right now? - Tucker Hiatt (by TED-Ed)

"How fast are you moving?" seems like an easy question, but it’s actually quite complicated — and perhaps best answered by another question: "Relative to what?" Even when you think you’re standing still, the Earth is moving relative to the Sun, which is moving relative to the Milky Way, which is…you get the idea. Tucker Hiatt unravels the concepts of absolute and relative speed.

The ever curious folks over at TodayIFoundOut.com have launched a new podcast called “Daily Knowledge” that brings you interesting facts every weekday.

Pro Tip: Pair this podcast with their excellent newsletter. 

Direct links to the Podcast: iTunes | RSS/XML | Web

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?

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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.

Lendary linguist and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky, born 85 years ago today, on the purpose of education (via explore-blog)

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.  

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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.