Implementing the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards will require a belief that given sufficient time and proper support, students can demonstrate learning at higher levels--college- and career-readiness.
This post begins with a quote from President Obama:
"“The quality of math and science teachers is the most important single factor influencing whether students will succeed or fail in science, technology, engineering and math.” From this point it veers in a different direction, noting that the issue is that teachers "are not given the freedom to support children in ways that will produce the scientists and innovators our country needs."
If we look to our past (and our present) we will find that we are not listening to the advice that "our nation's historic inventors, scientists, and physicists (whom have shared) their advice and experiences."
Read the article to learn the experiences of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Richard Feyman, Michio Kaku (which includes a video where he explains "that exams are crushing curiousity out of the next generation..."), as well as individuals around today such as Aaron Iba and Jack Andraka (the student who at the age of 15 created a test for pancreatic cancer).
Perhaps the question we need to ask is how do we change the system to support the necessary learning?
In 1887, Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb and ‘father of electricity’ held a mass demonstration in West Orange, New Jersey. Here he set up a 1,000 volt AC generator, attached it to a metal plate and publically electrocuted a dozen animals. The press went nuts, coined the term “electrocution” and the electric chair was born. Edison’s sole intention was to besmirch his arch rival, George Westinghouse.
This was the “War of Currents”, a battle which raged between George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison over the merits of AC and DC electricity. Edison knew, and in fact admitted years later, that AC was (for the purposes of the time) actually superior. DC could only provide services a few miles from the generator and utilised expensive thick copper wire making it cost prohibitive. Yet Edison had already invested in 121 power stations across the US and so his intense smear campaign was hell bent on proving AC to be unsafe.
Since the very beginning, electricity - the way it is transported and the power it guzzles - has been strangely controversial… and bizarrely emotive. Today, the full force of this is hinged on sustainability, the environment and Green issues. Yet you can see the transition from what Thom Metzger, author of the 1996 book “Blood and Volts,” described as “…this strange, almost religious aura”, to electricity. This was a world where: “Doctors were using it to try to revive corpses [and] galvanizing belts that sent a current through your groin – [in] a Victorian version of Viagra.” And today that passion and fervour are still in evidence… they just manifest themselves differently
Everything runs on electricity; electricity sits at the centre of everything. This is the power behind technology and although many regions of the world (take Nigeria, for example) have seemingly endless fossil fuels (like oil) and copious natural resources (like the sun), if they lack the final product (electricity) they struggle. On top of this, the biggest brands (tech or otherwise) are either lauded or vilified for their treatment of electricity… and the energy footprint they are leaving behind.
Last year two reports were released which sent shockwaves round the world. The first of these was a Greenpeace report, “How Dirty is Your Data?” which analysed data centre investment of the top 10 cloud companies and looked at the appalling energy footprint they were leaving behind. The second was a New York Times article entitled “Power, Pollution and the Internet”, which used a lengthy study to expose more dirty secrets of the data centre industry and included a now infamous quote from Peter Gross : “A single data centre can take more power than a medium size town.”
Yet as Kathrin Winkler from EMC pointed out in a blog on Green Biz, what people tend to forget is that the IT industry is improving itself very quickly. As she put it: “If the auto industry had gotten efficient as quickly as the IT industry in the last 40 years, we'd be getting 450,000 miles to the gallon.” The fact is, in a short time these reports have made a clear, identifiable difference. “Now on the back of [these reports] you see companies [like Google] committed to making a big change,” Roel Castelein tells me. Castelein, who aside from 15 years’ experience in the tech industry, is extremely passionate about Green issues, and acts as Marketing Committee Vice-Chair for The Green Grid continues: “They have [new] targets and things are changing so rapidly it is hard to tell where they are at.”
This week on Energy.gov, we’re revisiting the storied rivalry between two of history’s most important energy-related inventors and engineers: Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.
Check back each day to learn more about their lives, their inventions and how their contributions are still impacting the way we use energy today. Support your favorite with the hashtags #teamedison and #teamtesla on social media, or cast your vote on our website.
And be sure to submit questions about the inventors for our live Google+ Hangout with Tesla and Edison experts, happening Thursday, Nov. 21, at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Many consider Thomas Edison a genius, and he left behind 3500 notebooks. "The pages read like a turbulent brainstorm and present a verbal and visual biography of Edison's mind at work." This article provides some of the tools Edison used, "creativity lessons that emerge..."
The key concepts are:
* Challenge all assumptions
* Nothing is wasted
* Constantly improve your ideas and products and the ideas and products of others
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It was 99 years ago today when Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels sat down to type a four page letter to Thomas A. Edison, asking him to chair a consulting board for Navy inventions. Daniels had just read an interview in ...
We’ve certainly come a long way but some things seem hauntingly similar to many years ago. For example, Thomas Edison said in 1925 that “books will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye.” I’m pretty sure this is exactly what people are saying these days about the iPad.
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