I recently took my top 32 tags in Delicious and put them into a Google query in order to establish what my occupation is (if something so simplistic can even be legitimately done). The top tags are:

  1. science
  2. history
  3. education
  4. politics
  5. learning
  6. power
  7. design
  8. economics
  9. systems
  10. philosophy
  11. thought
  12. business
  13. thinking
  14. mind
  15. intelligence
  16. society
  17. psychology
  18. visualization
  19. understanding
  20. school
  21. USA
  22. programming
  23. development
  24. theory
  25. map
  26. brain
  27. research
  28. management
  29. software
  30. statistics
  31. culture
  32. policy

To get this list I removed the tags “blog, article, video, and essay,” because they are mediums and not interests, so I removed them in the final query. From this I got several occupational categories:

  • Information Theory
  • Success Science
  • Business Management
  • Cybernetics
  • Systems Theory
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Economics

Now these are obviously fairly loose and interpreted associations, but they are interesting never the less. Systems Theory, Cybernetics, and Business Management are very familiar to me. Information theory is an in-between. But Success Science and Artificial Intelligence were actually surprising. I expected to get something on political science, but there wasn’t really anything.

Education Disconnect

October 24, 2008

I remember when I first read the book Summerhill, which is about a school in the North of England. It describes a school with many rules democratically generated by the students and teachers in a non-sham direct democracy system. And the students learn of their own accord, with untampered wills. When they seek knowledge teachers facilitate. They are never coerced by the teachers into learning a subject. If the child does not wish to attend classes, he or she doesn’t. The people who think it would be a never ending summer vacation of apathy underestimate the ability of a person to self direct and the desire to learn about the world when the passion of curiosity strikes.

Part of why it’s hard to fix the system is that the system breaks so many. If we get disheartened by the slowness of educational change, it’s because every repair of the education system must align with a personal repair to ourselves.

Here is an interesting video on the disconnect between the classroom and the student: