Joshua Chen

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Joshua Chen
Posted 6 months ago
Direct Democracy implementation built using a new monetary system
"2. Make it so that an individual cannot charge more than the amount of time it took to bring a utility into existence. By charging more, you're essentially stating your time is worth more than someone else." A locksmith is hired and repairs a lock in ten minutes. Should he only be paid ten minutes' worth of money? What about the training and experience that allow him to do a job so quickly? If you want to take those things into consideration, how do you measure the amount of time that he took to become so proficient? You can't.
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Joshua Chen
Posted 8 months ago
Let's use music to reinvent education
Let her drop out if she so desires. With more freedom she will develop her art on her own, if she really loves it. If she's considering studying at a university in the future, let her be homeschooled (there are forms of homeschooling, such as online schools, that don't require a stay-at-home parent and aren't very expensive).
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Joshua Chen
Posted 9 months ago
Schooling must develop in the students the capabilities required for being engaged in a life-long process of learning.
"We, ourselves should be aware when we are competing, and we should be aware that competing is OK as long as it is voluntary." People need to realize that the quest to obtain status is a game, and that those who choose not to play aren't necessarily losers. Without that awareness any system wherein status is determined by wealth, occupation, influence, etc. is a religion.
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Joshua Chen
Posted 9 months ago
Schooling must develop in the students the capabilities required for being engaged in a life-long process of learning.
Teaching kids to learn is absurd, given that the urge to learn is natural; allowing learning means not doing anything beyond encouraging it, providing access to educational resources, and occasionally guiding the learner's inquiry. Obviously, not all children are eager learners -- that can be knocked out of them through political or religious indoctrination, or by the coerciveness of schools that force in-depth studying of subjects that may not interest them, among other things. But systematically teaching kids to learn is unnecessary if they have access to information, some interaction with adults, and an social environment that embraces intellectualism.
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Joshua Chen
Posted 9 months ago
Schooling must develop in the students the capabilities required for being engaged in a life-long process of learning.
Curiosity is part of human nature. Schools don't need to teach children to learn -- they need to allow it. That said, if the sole purpose of school were to encourage learning, it would have to be completely redesigned. Mandatory courses, schedules, age-based sorting would all have to go. It would be like an academy in the ancient sense, or a noisy library, where students come to learn and socialize and collaborate and take elective classes without any official structure. In fact, there are schools like this today -- search up "Sudbury school" and "Democratic free school" on Wikipedia. (In an ideal situation, any degree of compulsory attendance (even, for example, being required to spend a number of unscheduled hours per week at school) would be unnecessary. From a young age children could be socialized into the "culture of learning," being sent by their parents to some kiddie-academy, so that when they are older they will go to the real academy -- which would contain a few outlets of entertainment, not just studying -- voluntarily.) However, the main purpose of modern schools is not to enlighten individuals, but to benefit the national economy. This purpose hasn't change since the Industrial Age, when compulsory state education was first conceived. The meaning of "benefit the economy" has changed slightly, as businesses of the Digital Age value creativity more than those of the past. Nonetheless, it's clear that public schools exist primarily to accustom individuals to a working life. (RELATED TALK: http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html)
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Joshua Chen
Posted 10 months ago
Has school lost its function ?
There are many occupations that don't require graduation from a university or even a high school. The writer, artist, and artisan are among them, I think. Though "higher" education might help some people enter those types of careers, the necessary skills can certainly be learned independently, and for a much cheaper price.