Teach for mastery, not test scores.

Sal Khan’s most important ideas I’ve heard over the years are compressed in his short but powerful TED talk he gave recently. Changing education is probably one of the most important decisions towards a more utopian society. People don’t have to be stupid and learning is fun. Another amazing entrepreneur is Jack Ma, whose favourite role […]

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Clickbait: bad memory; a good thing!

Once I thought my list of science underdogs was finished, another one pops up. Meet Barbara Oakley, professor of engineering. “I fell off the math bandwagon and flunked my way through elementary, middle, and high school math and science. Now I’m a professor of engineering.” –Barbara Oakley I’m excited to say that a ‘you-can-grow-your-brain thinking’ is […]

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“You lack the ability to think.”

Yet another inspiring underdog story, reinforcing the ‘you can learn anything’ statement. Jessica Su is a computer science PhD student at Stanford who’s teacher though she lacked the ability to think. Well they were quite wrong. The following text is an answer to What was your most empowering experience or decision? on Quora. Learning how to write proofs. […]

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Math is innate?

I’m pleased to present yet another sterling scientist who’s deeply passionate about the growth mindset in mathematics, or in any other challenging endeavour where brainpower is key. Meet Margot Gerritsen, a professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford. After watching her presentation on fluid flow I can confidently say she’s a force to be reckoned […]

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Math is hard. But…

Do you fear math? Is mathematical anxiety holding you back? Convinced that mathematical abilities are genetic? If these questions ring a bell then you should listen to this math undergraduate. Fear not, they have a hard time too! “Math is not magic, it’s a skill.” –Saramoira Shields  

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Can anyone become a genius?

An answer to this question asked on Quora: Can anybody become a genius? Likely, because there is no precise definition of genius. “Imagine going back to the year 1600. Even then, Western Europe was one of the more educated parts of the planet, but back then about 20% of the population could read and write. And […]

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Chief Happiness Officer

Yes, CHO, a Chief Happiness Officer. I already had the highest regards towards the Khan Academy, but now the bar has been raised again. Together with SpaceX and Tesla, the Khan Academy joined my ‘companies I’d love to work for’ list. At the former two there is something called the ‘no asshole policy‘ coined by Elon Musk. And now […]

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