Millard Melnyk

Bothell, WA, United States

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Millard Melnyk
Posted about 4 years ago
How can we empower kids to reshape the education system? *A TEDActive Education Project Question*
Our entire education system is based on text. Text has been the standard for codifying knowledge for millennia. We now have alternatives for recording and transferring knowledge. The human brain does not deal exclusively with text, not even optimally with it. A great gauge of the effectiveness of an educational method is the level of engagement by students, i.e., how interested or even excited they are to learn. We have the means to make education much more interesting, relevant, and effective. I have no sympathy for the old-school mentality that believes that there is no progress without educational pain. Those who think that empowering our kids to reshape education is a dangerous idea have no evidence for that view. We run our primary and secondary schools as totalitarian institutions in which students have no rights. After 12 or more years of indoctrination that they are subordinate, dependent, and mostly wrong, and we expect them to participate in a democracy. If that's not hypocritical, I don't know what is.
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Millard Melnyk
Posted almost 7 years ago
Is There a God?
I believe that there is a flaw in the normal way we think of the question of God's existence. That flaw involves our standard of "proof," in other words, what we require to be convinced about the existence or non-existence of God. My experience is that the vast majority who ask the question have never clearly described what their standard of proof is, even to themselves. If we take the time to think about it and do clearly describe it, I think we will each find that we employ a standard that: 1. is unattainable in any practical sense, possibly even unattainable by definition 2. is a standard that we choose to employ only with a select few issues, possibly only with this particular question 3. is a standard that we NEVER employ in any significant decision we make in our lives 4. is a standard that would induce decisional paralysis were we to actually attempt to employ it in any significant decision we make in our lives People have spent a lot of time and energy on this question. Most of the discussion I have read or heard amounts to rationalizing a prejudicial position on the question. I have yet to see or hear a convincing argument that those who do not believe in the existence of God or gods hold that view with any less faith than those who do believe. Underneath all the arguments, we make our decisions on the question on bases which have very little connection to the arguments we use to justify those decisions.