Education Archive

3 Pillars for College Admissions

There are three key components admissions officers look at when reviewing students’ college applications: Standardized Test Scores Grades Subjective Qualities Today, most large universities are faced with the challenge of reviewing thousands of applications in a way that equally addresses all three pillars of admissions. But, can they really pay equal attention to all three? Should they? Consider how subjective or objective each category is. …

Dear Ambassadors and Respected Representatives of UW-Madison and Education

In the back of my mind I’m always thinking about education and change. Below is an open letter written to some faculty members of my alma-mater about the importance in recognizing that change. (Before reading this letter, please note that I will be making this letter publicly available on my blog. Also, kindly take note of the recipients.) To: Chancellor Carolyn Martin – chancellor@news.wisc.edu To: …

University of Nothing – Part II

My previous post titled University of Nothing, generated a ton of meaningful, insightful, and thoughtful response. J.T O’Donnell of Careerealism.com adds some tremendous value and insight to this subject as she draws some parallels between my post and that of Sir Ken Robinson‘s new book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. In her post: However, I put my money on those who understand …

The University of Nothing

I’m founding a school called the University of Nothing. This is a school that teaches no subject matter directly. Instead, this university will teach you how to learn, and while learning how to learn, you will indirectly learn something else. My past 4 years in college, I’ve learned by a process that I will call cram-sorption learning. Information is given to you (for the most …

Educating youth with subject matter that matters

A while back I wrote about the relevance (or lack their of) of the systematic approaches taken by the public school systems and large universities. I would argue that practical and relevant hands-on approaches need to be implemented to better educate the youth in such a competitive global economy. In many instances, parents recognize the need for specific types of education. In fact, one of …

What’s the point of exams?

The industrial revolution created more than just automobiles, factory lines, and blue collar jobs. It created a structured day. The 9 to 5 with allocated time for lunch. Most people experience this routine daily in their own workplaces, and this is all a result of our education system. Just think back to your high school routine. This same system also builds us for productivity, efficiency, …