The Dawn of Reality Education is the story of my experience at Creative Live in Seattle in late April 2015 as part of a 10 person live studio audience for a series of 30 HD web-based broadcasts, live and recorded. The course was on travel hacking, taught by Chris Guillebeau and Stephanie Zito, two of the most traveled individuals in the world. The subject matter was amazing but Creative Live as a platform really got my attention as an educational platform that I had somehow missed.
I was one of 13 individuals who were part of a Jeffersonian dinner last week. What is a Jeffersonian dinner you ask? It's an excellent question that I didn't know the answer to until I was invited to one. Suffice it to say it was lots of fun, a truly great experience and the basis of a number of very interesting new acquaintances in my fellow diners. The subject was education.
The NY Times Editorial Board ran a piece in last Sunday's Review section asking the question "who says math has to be boring?" The premise of the article was that American students are bored by math, science and engineering and even though they buy smartphones and tablets they don't pursue the skills necessary to build them. The high points of the article were that we need: 1. a more flexible curriculum; 2. earlier exposure to numbers; 3. better teacher preparation; 4. experience in the real world. All good thoughts. However, after I read all of it and reflected on it for a while, I finally shook my head and said to myself, "Really?"