Marco Masi

Darmstadt, Germany

About Marco

Bio

Born in 1965 in Italy where I attended the German School of Milan. Graduated in physics at the university of Padua, and later obtained a Ph.D in physics at the university of Trento. I worked as a PostDoc researcher in universities in Italy, France and more recently in Germany, where I'm actually living. My pedagogical interests in new forms of individual learning and for a new Free Progress University concept originated both as a tutor in several universities, but especially because of my direct lived experience of what education should not be.

Languages

English, German, Italian

Areas of Expertise

Physics, Astronomy, Nanotechnology

An idea worth spreading

Present academic systems are mainly based on a mechanical and dry learning that ignores the human creative and spiritual dimension. The stagnant state of modern science, research and education is perceived with increasing dissatisfaction. Learning, acquiring knowledge, and doing research is a process that must be guided from within. Contrary to present high school, college and university systems, that are focused on imposing a preordered knowledge by exams and grades, killing creativity and individual skills by uniformity, a Free Progress University fosters, passion, intuition, self-learning in diversity, and especially the complete freedom of expression and progress of the individual guided by an inner understanding. The current university paradigm, because it is in its intrinsic essence an authoritarian system. I argue that only through the abolition of exams, grades, and degrees, among several other things, that creativity, intuition as real forms of learning can return to flourish.

I'm passionate about

Founding a new education paradigm for college and university.

Comments & conversations

198427
Marco Masi
Posted over 1 year ago
Why was Franz Hörman banned by Ted Talks?
I didn't know of Nick Hanauer's talk too. That is interesting. I once liked TED for its interesting talks. But it seems that it has been absorbed by the usual intolerant mainstream and prefers to side with big corporations and standing against the people. How sad... :( ... I will no longer recommend it.
198427
Marco Masi
Posted over 1 year ago
Why was Franz Hörman banned by Ted Talks?
@Fritzie: Ahh... yes thanks that's interesting, and I'm wondering which guideline Hörmann violated? For me none. But TEDx content guidelines are so many and so articulated that virtually EVERY talk could then be suspect of violating one or the other rule according to someone's point of view. Such kind of enumeration of precepts and protocols seems to be tailored in such a way that in principle everything and everyone could be censored arbitrarily.
198427
Marco Masi
Posted almost 2 years ago
What about an education revolution in universities?
A Sharif: Yes, frankly I'm not seeing much change too. I do not judge the American system which I'm not directly acquainted with. However, in Europe there are at best only cosmetic changes, if any. Sometimes we delude ourselves with some reform or superficial change, but, as I use to say, university was and still remains an authoritarian system that didn't change much since centuries. The pedagogic foundations remain the same: a professor that forces in students brain something, students repeating as a parrots the acquired knowledge, exams and certifications. And I agree with you that TED is the only place were one can breath some new fresh air.
198427
Marco Masi
Posted almost 2 years ago
What about an education revolution in universities?
Karthik CR, you are right in complaining that there is not much focus on practical knowledge in college and universities. However, the question is what is the right way to learn that? Internships at companies? Enhancing laboratories? Learn to use machines? Well, yes, that certainly helps. But, first of all consider that there are also people who have a more theoretical approach to things (I'm not only speaking of theoretical physicists, but for instance all those who do math, or computer simulations, etc.). Should we send them too to change spark plugs in an engine? More generally I don't think we are getting at the root of the problem. I believe there should be a system where every student should be let free to chose one's own approach, be it theoretical or practical or whatever. We need a system were people follow their inner call, without being forced from a top down hierarchy which tells what is good or bad for them.
198427
Marco Masi
Posted almost 2 years ago
What about an education revolution in universities?
wayne uejio, do we really need to know the basics before we can solve problems? I'm not sure about that. My experience is that I solve problems much better if I first get the problem to solve itself, and then look for the basics that allows me to find the solution. IMHO, one of the fundamental errors of a universal didactical mindset is that to believe that there must be first the learning (basics), and only after that the doing (problem solving). Whereas, I believe we should shift our conception towards a learning AND a doing at the same time. This would also answer with Karthik CR's complain.