My Problem with Heuristics and Singapore Math

Seth Godin published a blog post recently “For those unwilling to think deeply”, which made me think about the problem with Singapore Math and heuristics. “You can just use the tool without understanding it, copy the leader without realizing where she’s going, follow instructions without questioning them.” Why? “More likely, you don’t want to expend the…

Food for Thought – The Ethical Implications of Too Much Tuition

Making Caring Common: Tuition and Ethics Harvard’s Making Caring Common – a part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education – recently made a dramatic call to all college admissions officers to look for active contribution to community and to reduce the pressures of excessive over-achievement.  Almost 90 colleges including all of the Ivy League Universities have…

Shift Happens – Did You Know?

(Source: Shift Happens – Did You Know? – Changes in global populations and technology – video) Shift Happens Did you know / Shift Happens is a project by Karl Fisch, a high school teacher who created an extremely popular presentation in 2007. “25% of the population in China with the highest IQs is greater than the population…

Let’s Make Magic: A Story of Singapore’s Growth

Over the last 50 years Singapore’s growth can only be described as monumental. In the 1960s, we had the same GDP as Nigeria. Today, Singapore has the 3rd highest GDP per capita in the world, overtaking the G10 nations and the other East Asian Tigers.