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One of the gravest problems in education in the United States and in most of the rest of the world is that knowledge is memory-based. In order to be a professional, whether a lawyer, a doctor, or a business consultant, you have to know how to diagnose and solve problems. Of course, this requires having a database of knowledge in your head and at your fingertips, but also requires having analytical skills that are rarely taught at any level except in the most elite schools.

In the United States, this failure is more common in public schools, where end of grade tests measure one's ability to report memorized material rather than to develop ideas and creative proposals. The posts in this section will explain why such skills are necessary, and how to acquire them. They will also link to sources of ideas, historical knowledge, and current events.

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What would have happened if Lincoln had decided to withdraw from Fort Sumter and other federal government property in the CSA? – Analysis of a hypothetical

How much of a factor in acceptance to Oxford is the Thinking Skills Assessment?

Do open book tests/exams in college/university involve critical reading, critical reasoning or critical thinking skills, or all of them?


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Learning Outside of the Schoolroom -- Basic Life Lessons

I was watching a stained-glass artist, Nancy Callan, on YouTube recently. She was wearing a T-shirt that said "BE CURIOUS" while she was creating. And that, I think, is probably the most important thing about education.

But there's a difference between true curiosity and being a dilettante. It's easy to watch something and think you've learned; it's much harder to watch something and figure out what you haven't learned, and what you have to learn more of.

As much as I love learning, I hate the kind of learning channel that most people celebrate as the best – programs like TED talks. Neatly packaged, neatly book ended, with no loose ends or unanswered questions, and no sense that this answer is only for today, and might be different by tomorrow afternoon.
I much prefer the learning of decades. And that's so much easier to do now that we have YouTube! I can compare a tennis match from 1975 to 1 from 1980 to 85 to 90 to 2000, when the game was too fast for me to pay attention to. I can watch the change in figure skating from artistry to athleticism and in sports in general from flexibility of both body and mind to an almost rigid (in gymnastics, literally rigid) physical power. I can see the world changing, and study why it changed and what affects those changes had, both intentional and incidental. I don't think you can do that watching TED talks.


When people talk about gymnastics, they talk about Nadia, and each in the first score of a 10; they talk about the rare American medallists; yet the truly best gymnasts have been almost entirely overlooked.
Olga Korbut is the only gymnast I've ever seen who balances her body from the top of her head to the tip of her toes, instead of from the top of her shoulders. Her flips, her roles, even her balance moves, are different from anyone else's ever, because she uses her head as part of the counterbalance for her center of gravity:

https://youtu.be/c2NGqI6FqeQ?t=1s

[The Olympic channel has disabled embedding, but the link should work.]

The same is true of Kurt Thomas. Because we boycotted the 1980 Olympics, we are left with hazy television coverage from 1979. But aside from being the gymnast who invented the "Thomas Flairs," so popular on the pommel horse and in the floor exercises, his flexibility moves on both the high bar and the parallel bars are, if you'll pardon the pun, unparalleled. I've watched his mount on those bars at least a dozen times, and I still can't quite figure out how he makes his body rise up from the floor in the way that he does:

Watch Dante Marioni make a reticello; he picks up a circle of glass bars, heats and forms them until they are completely touching with no air spaces between them, then twits them slightly clockwise. He then prepares a second piece in an identical fashion, but twisted counterclockwise. Then he inserts the second piece into the first one so perfectly that they make a single diamond-shaped vase with air bubbles caught between the crossings of the diagonal bars. Oh, I should probably mention that all of this is done at 1100°F.

 

 

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