What we need is commitment!!

Link: https://dianeravitch.net/2016/09/10/did-the-obama-administrations-policies-contribute-to-chicagos-deadly-violence/

 In order to maintain quality of education, public or private schools, and breaking or reconstructing the systems do NOT matter. These are all ostensible acts, and will not change anything.

We really need to consider educators’ and citizen’s commitment toward good futures of children and young people.

This will lead to some of hints to come up with a great solution for education.

Can technology be replaced with teachers in classroom?

Link: https://dianeravitch.net/2016/08/24/parents-across-america-warn-about-misuse-of-edtech-in-schools/

After years of experiences in education, I personally believe that only human can really educate students. In the other words, only human can control and facilitate entire educational settings.

I understand that the technology can be helpful to teach classes, but if it is based on teachers’ easy teaching, the quality of education will be deteriorated. 

Teachers must envision their own teaching and students’ learning; then, they should be able to select what type of technology they should use for classes. 

It is important to have intrinsic motivation for students’ effective learning. Technology-centered education cannot motivate students to understand subjects.

Has a new force been discovered?

Link: http://www.nature.com/news/has-a-hungarian-physics-lab-found-a-fifth-force-of-nature-1.19957

In physics, we know there are four forces so far. They are gravitational, electromagnetic, weak and strong forces. These are believed to be fundamental forces in nature.

A fascinating experimental result from a Hungarian physics lab was reported on January 2016, which might be the evidence of the fifth force. The new particle which mediates the force is a boson 34 times heavier than the electron (17 MeV).

Theoretical physicists in the US checked their data whether they might have inconsistency with the other experimental results. However, it was found that the data by the physics lab in Hungary did not conflict with other results.

In their experiment, protons are bombarded the thin targets of lithium-7 to create unstable beryllium-8 nuclei, and then they decayed to generate pairs of electrons and positrons. When the angle of the collision becomes larger, the number of pairs should be decreased according to the standard model, but they found that the number of pairs jumps up when the angle becomes 140 degrees.

This result implies there is a very short-range force, and it does not seem to correspond to any of past predicted particles.

We can also point out that this phenomenon may not strictly be conjectured with the standard model. The theoretical aspect could be extended later if the experimentalists obtained further facts.

What we really have to think before which subject is more important than others

Link: http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/news/10.1063/PT.5.8166?utm_source=Physics%20Today&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6842390_The%20week%20in%20Physics%2029%20February%E2%80%934%20March&dm_

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are important to study for supporting the current workforce.

In a way, it is inevitable to enhance the STEM program and cut some of budget for non-STEM subjects.

However, we now really have to think of the meaning of studying and understanding. Universities and the professors are supposed to help students “understand” the subject. This job is not just granting students grades and degrees.

No matter what policy makers say about the distribution of budget, the essence of learning and understanding is common among any subject such as physics, biology, French literature, psychology, music, etc.

Any of the subjects should contain the methods like observation, analysis, quantification, comparison, logic, theorization, classification, application, etc.

Universities and professors have to consider this qualification before judging which subject is more important to invest.

We think of "School Accountability Without Standardized Testing."

Link: https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/school-accountability-without-standardized-testing/

In the first place, the author states that “High stakes testing is seen as the only tool that can ensure schools operate correctly when in reality it is the very thing that blocks true responsibility.”

How the author feels about the school policy in the blog is not uncommon among most of the educators.

I taught at a few universities, and all of them have ridiculous rules and policies, which no one was able to explain the reason why the college has them.

This article is awesome and suggests us right methods to evaluate education and students’ understanding. I also believe that emphasizing only standardized tests is completely incorrect.

In addition to the above, I want to insist that those policy makers and university administrative must be educated first to assess education systems correctly.