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Dear Readers of Science yourself,

The world of human beings changes quicker than ever before. Technology changes the way people perceive the surrounding, their education, skills and future.

This blog is on science and education. Mostly on the latter.

I am a scientist and teacher, anxious about the fate of students, also about the fate of my own children.

The purpose of my blog is to think in the open about practical methods to reform the educational system.

Best wishes,

Marcin

Say NO to non Open Access Science Journals


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I just got a link to Casey Bergman’s post on how to refuse to review articles in non Open Access journals (http://caseybergman.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/just-say-no/). A great idea of Michael Ashburner how to gently cope with such invitations. Thank you, Mr. Bergman.  :)

Getting complex information from a ministry

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I’m looking for a very specific information in the Polish Ministry of Education. What I need is the knowledge on political strategies on changing education. I wonder whether politicians and bureaucrats are interested in collecting experts in all fields and all levels of education in order to produce a novel educational pathway. Most probably only putting all these people in one room and letting them discuss strategies can bring a change. Any help, especially from abroad? Do you know of any such activities of ministries of education?

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Wondermind – art and science of the brain

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I just stumbled upon a fantastic website for teenagers, maybe younger kids too.

Tate Gallery with the help of scientists, Preloaded and funding from The Wellcome Trust prepared a wonderful website, http://wondermind.tate.org.uk/ . As usual, British have it all: elegance, logics and clarity.

Just drop in to check it on your own. My comment is that to gain such a simplicity to explain very complex processes to young people demands a lot from creators. Also games are simple, but exigent.

My son likes it very much.

Chapeau bas!

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Reconstruction – in course

Dear Readers,

Please excuse my long unattended silence, but the operation hit me stronger than predicted.

Reconstruction of the front cruciate ligaments of the left knee was supposed to be milder. It is not.

I’ll be back with some statistics, when in better shape.

Sorry.

Best wishes,

Marcin

‘MANY WOMEN’  by  Mikolaj Grynberg

 ‘I’m ashamed to look into the camera’.

 ‘Why?’

 ‘Just like that, but I can try’.

Buenos Aires

Copyright by Mikolaj Grynberg

Honours to Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson

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Everyone working in the educational world knows sir Robinson’s talks, some know his book(s), and the same world is split into traditionals who treat him as a mad man and others who – at least – listen to him. I listen to him and find his observations are extremely clever, eyes-opening and certainly sir Robinson is the person who shows what is wrong about education. His talk on RSA combined with a fantastic animation helps many of my friends and colleagues to understand how and why the educational system is far from today’s world. The explanation of the present and the past is the first step to success, you might say. Yes, it is. It certainly is. This is the way we can manage things.

What I think we need now is the way out. I would dream about a global/total recipe on how to develop every child into her/his best direction possible. And how to do it in the crowd? Some people bravely try and succeed (http://www.kunskapsskolan.se/), but it is still far from convincing decidents on the future of education worldwide. Why are they affraid of a change? Have anyone tried to calculate such a change?

I would be grateful to Polish education boards if they try to calculate costs to introduce novel systems like KED. I would be happy if anyone tries to discuss it in detail, not in general, in the nearest future.

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Hell with education! Let’s play!

When I look at very young kids, just at the beginning of kindegarten (3-4 years old), I just love it. They play, they invent, they communicate and they have a lot of fun together. The less oppressive the place is the more inventive children are. It’s obvious. So why do parents want their offspring to learn at kindergarten? What do we get from it? Are kids brighter, better prepared for life? Why do we lower the school readiness age? If children start to learn in the kindergarten almost the way they do at school so maybe there shouldn’t be any kindergartens left?

Contemporary schools are not the way we imagine them to be. According to many observations and statistics pupils are not more creative, imagination doesn’t help at nowaday schools. In many schools the ‘out-of-the-box’ students are treated at least as uncomfortable. So my question is: why don’t we let our children have fun, for longer and better?

My son is 10 years old. He is very imaginative. He also used to be a happy guy. But that was at kindergarten, when he could play. Now he’s at school and it changed. A lot. He’s the happiest when inventing things with friends during breaks, at home or outdoor. He’s not into maths or some other subjects. Well, maybe he’s not taught the perfect way. But what he really wants is to play, play and play.  So why not let him develop at his own pace? Why not let him develop his own talents?

I hereby postulate an absolute lack of necessity to learn in kindergartens. In my opinion kids need to (a) play, (b) interact with each other and with grown-ups, (c) learn how to solve conflicts and problems, and (d) cooperate in tasks. Usually, at least in Poland and countries that I know of, children never learn (I don’t mean casual situations) how to deal with hard situations. The further you move in your education the less chances to know how to solve interpersonal clashes you get.

I don’t think societies need asocial people. People who are unable to communicate, cannot solve conflicts and work in groups.

Many women by Mikolaj Grynberg

‘Many women’ by Mikolaj Grynberg

 

                               Copyright by Mikolaj Grynberg

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