How To Fix Education — Part 2

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When math is done in the real world by engineers, data scientists or actuaries, computers are the primary tool to explore, visualise and simulate the underlying math. Computers have enabled us to calculate things once thought impossible; they have enabled math to be visualised in beautiful and intuitive ways. They have let professionals focus on problem-solving instead of tedious calculations. However, in school, the picture is starkly different.

In real-world maths, computers do almost all the calculating; by contrast, people do all the calculating in educational maths. In the process of teaching students math that they will never use in…

The people you meet at coffee shops, imposter syndrome and co-founder speed dating.

What is EF?

Entrepreneur First (EF) is an early-stage startup accelerator. However, they are different from other accelerators in that they do not invest in ideas; they invest in people. They recruit people before the idea, put them in a room with 80 other high performing people and tell them to start something that will change the world. Think of it as cofounder speed dating with the most talented people you’ve ever met in your life. If they like the idea you build during the program, they give you funding and help you raise future funding rounds through their extensive network.

As per…

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Over the last 30 days, I have written one article a day as part of a writing challenge to improve my writing and storytelling. This challenge was so hard! I had no idea what I was signing up for when I started. The first few days were relatively easy because I thought of doing this challenge for a while, so I already had the first three articles planned out in my head.

However, the next 27 days were not so simple. I needed not only write the article but think through, research and plan it’s content; figuring out what to…

CoFounders and Overgripping

I started my first startup Quillo while in my third year of University. I spent two years giving everything I had to the startup’s vision and for the goal of making it a roaring success. In doing so, I learned some hard lessons; I made countless mistakes and went down paths that cost the success of the startup. These mistakes are an intrinsic part of doing anything new, and I am grateful for the lessons I have learned from them.

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In this article, I’ll discuss the most important lessons I learned through this journey.

CoFounders

You and your co-founders form the…

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In a previous article, I discussed why the primary assessment model in modern education is entirely backwards. The foundation of schools is built around maximising test scores at the expense of creativity and first-principles understanding. Exams and grades are the substance that fuels modern education; teachers primary incentive is to ensure his/her class gets good grades, and students primary goal is to maximise their marks.

Don’t get me wrong; assessment is a critical part of education. Employers need a way to sort through thousands of applications and find some metric to compare candidates. …

The No-Code Movement Revolutinising Software Development

No code is a technology that has developed into a movement over the past few years. No code is a set of tools that enable people to make fully functioning apps without code. Instead, users use a graphical interface to click and drag their apps’ components to life and connect them to one another and data through custom logic and other 3rd party tools.

The beauty of no code is that it makes app development orders of magnitude more accessible to people who do not know how to code and enables no-code developers to release products in days instead of…

Micro habits and Streaks

If there is one thing that stands out from all the productivity, business, and self-help books I have read, it is habits. Habits are the most instrumental tool in getting us closer to our goals. Success is the product of daily routines, not once in a lifetime transformations.

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“Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. Your net worth is a lagging measure of your financial habits. Your weight is a lagging measure of your eating habits. Your knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning habits. Your clutter is a lagging measure of your cleaning habits. You get…

The Most Important Lessons I’ve Learned Over The Past 10 Years

Today is my 24th birthday, and with that, I am feeling rather introspective. I am reflecting on all the things I am grateful for, how far I have come in the last ten years and how much there is still to go. For every success I’ve had in the previous ten years, there is a list of 100 mistakes and failures; for every happy moment, there are the contrasting dark and lonely moments I’ve experienced.

This is neither good nor bad; it is just life, and with these experiences comes a list of lessons I wish I knew when I…

Math + Coding Lessons for Primary and Highschool Students

This is a beginner’s introduction to math + code. We will be using a language called Javascript and a special library called P5JS to create the smiley face you see bellow. This tutorial is perfect for someone who has never coded before, as it explains everything from the ground up.

To code along go to this link

Setup

The first thing we need to do is set everything up. The library we are using: P5JS needs us to define two functions, don’t worry if you do not know what these are for now just follow along.

Setup is the first…

No mainstream school maths curriculum has yet been based on the obvious assumption that computers exist

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I believe an immense challenge that education needs to overcome is crossing the chasm between academia and textbooks to the real world. Most subjects today teach an out of date syllabus that has very little relevance to the real world. I think no subject suffers more from this than math education.

The Problems with Math

The subject has barely changed in the last 50 years despite the most world-changing inventions in human history, computers and the internet. …

Tamir Shklaz

EFSG8 | Founder at Strive Math | Founder at Quillo

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