Tag: learning

Kill Them While They’re Small


Math professors love to hand out problem sets.  Many a weekend was consumed resolving these.  One of my friends pointed out that problems are only problems if you don’t know how to solve them.  If you know how to solve them, they are merely… Continue Reading “Kill Them While They’re Small”

Learning From Experience


Experience is the best teacher and for the price it damned well better be. Like other expensive things, you should shop around for the same value but at a lower price.  With experience you need to study the experience of others.  Read biographies.  Pay… Continue Reading “Learning From Experience”

What The Heck Do We Mean By Education


“Learning is not compulsory, but then, neither is survival.” W. Edwards Deming You will notice that Dr. Deming did not mention “being taught” at all. People must recognize the difference between being taught and learning.   You can teach some things. These are usually fact… Continue Reading “What The Heck Do We Mean By Education”

The Despair Curve


All change is negative in the short run.  Some change is necessary to get a business to a higher level.  A problem. If a business changes something, they expect to be better for the change.  If it is a good change, they will be,… Continue Reading “The Despair Curve”

More On Educating Children


In the September archive there is a piece entitled “Should Teachers Teach.” This one will add to it. If we assume that children must learn and teachers are the facilitators not the authors of that, then as parents, we are required to locate and… Continue Reading “More On Educating Children”

Go Ahead, Ask


When someone behaves irrationally, there is usually something that person knows that you do not and that information explains the apparent insanity.  Smart people ask. A black hat gunslinger appears in an old west salon and proceeds to down several bourbons.  Being a black… Continue Reading “Go Ahead, Ask”

Employee Review


Not many people like employee evaluation/performance review.  If you know what the person is supposed to be doing, then you can evaluate against the task requirements. Objectivity is always a plus. You might find the following helpful for the review of each element in… Continue Reading “Employee Review”

What Should Students Learn?


Curriculum should consist of only two subject areas and one technique.  History and Language are the subjects.  Research is the technique. What about math, music, art, physics, geography and biology you cry.  (I can hear you!) To get along we need to know what… Continue Reading “What Should Students Learn?”

Should Teachers Teach?


Does anyone rationally believe it is possible to teach Steven Jobs to be Steven Jobs?  What do you think is teachable?  If anything? For many years, at least 30, I have been complaining that the education system aims at the wrong target. Our current… Continue Reading “Should Teachers Teach?”

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