Musk explained that he believes schools aren't doing enough to help children grasp why they're learning each subject. "You just sort of get dumped into math. Why are you learning that? It seems like, 'Why am I being asked to do these strange problems?'" Musk said. "Our brain has evolved to discard information that it thinks has irrelevance." Musk suggested learning be focused around solving a specific problem, such as building a satellite or taking apart an engine. Then students will encounter and master subjects such as math and physics on the path to solving their problem. Understanding how to use a wrench or screwdriver will have a clear purpose.ON. THE. DOT. His examples are too techy and male; the projects should include cooking and sewing and gardening and such; but otherwise ON THE DOT. Good teachers have been trying to pull USA STRONG education in this direction for 150 years. USA STRONG education never budges. Math remains purposeless and abstract, and "science" is just memorizing false "facts". The big point: Books and teachers can lie, but SKILLS DON'T LIE. When you develop a skill, you are FORCED to learn the truth because you are learning directly from Nature. When you are simply reading the lies of official "scientists", expressed in the usual firm and flat and authoritative tone, you have no way of knowing that the "scientists" are lying. When you deal directly with Nature, you get the truth and you BECOME the truth. Musk has supreme credentials. Techtyrants and "journalists" and governments obey him blindly. Will they obey his wishes on this? As with yesterday's similarly credentialed surprising sanity, the answer is NO. Some things are so SACRED that even advice from a top-status genetic aristocrat can't change them. = = = = = Later thought: Trump's mouth has also read a speech along the same lines, favoring apprenticeship. Trump has the power to make these things happen, but IN FACT Trump's Education Department is pushing in the opposite direction. Common Core was the last best chance to make these things happen. The union thugs hate Common Core EVEN THOUGH it was proposed by Obama. Some things are sacred. Repoofs hate Common Core BECAUSE it was proposed by Obama. Repoofs don't matter, but union thugs have real power. Common Core will fade and die.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.