Piotr Wiśniewski

Reda, Poland

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Piotr Wiśniewski
Posted over 4 years ago
Reinventing education.
What a stunning video! Thank you for the link, Bogdan :) ! I was also thinking about starting a similar discussion. It seems that we really need a change in our approach to educating (young) people. The world is changing constantly and the pace of these changes is evergrowing. At the same time we hardly do anything to improve the curricula or methods used in schools. No longer do they match the needs of today's pupils or students. My idea is that children should be taught HOW to learn. Certain ways to improve your memory, enhance lateral thinking, increase your reading speed, boost your "brain power" are well known to those who look for them, but why aren't we taught these useful abilities on a regular basis? Also, as stated in the video, it's time to find better ways to organise all the content than just dividing it into separate subjects and rethink the teaching methods used. I'm sure there are many ways to make science, geography or history interesting. There are also so many valuable things that we never learn at schools. The big question now is: what can we do to make change happen?
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Piotr Wiśniewski
Posted over 4 years ago
Crowdsourced syllabus for global open education initiatives to flourish
That's a great idea! Actually it was only yesterday that I learnt about open education. In a different conversation I found a link to the Open University of Utah. I saw there are both similarities and differences in approach to learning here and there and there are also similarities and differences in terms of syllabi. But how do we know what standards are being used somewhere else? What is being taught and how? I think it would be interesting and valuable to have all the information available in one place.
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Piotr Wiśniewski
Posted over 4 years ago
Is it wrong to expect everyone to be capable or deserving of success?
I hope I'm not going to stray from the subject too much, but... ...Ash, you wrote that people rarely do specific things that could bring on more happiness to their lives. This is, sadly, true. Why do you think that is the case? I would say this could be due to either of the two: (1) people don't know how to do achieve true happiness or they don't yet know what true happiness means for them (2) as Jane McGonigal put it in her book (which I hope to read soon :) ) - "reality is broken"; from her TEDTalk I understand that the way in which our reality works does not encourage life-time projects such as a "quest" of searching for happiness and does not give constant feedback with which to know if you're on the right track As you said, we need to fight for it.
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Piotr Wiśniewski
Posted over 4 years ago
Is it wrong to expect everyone to be capable or deserving of success?
I think that you asked an important question, Ash! I watched the Talks you marked as related. It seems that none of the 8 secrets is connected with fame or fortune. What a surprise ;) ! Csikszentmihalyi goes even further - in my opinion when he gives the example of a composer and describes his flow as "taking a piece of paper and putting down little marks", he actually points out that experiencing flow can happen to anyone doing anything. Having said that, I don't believe there are people doomed to live unfulfilled lives. But I do fear that today "success" has wrong (or to be more specific: very superficial) connotations. I don't think there's something wrong with expecting people to be succesful. The problem is we may tend to judge other people's successes according to our own standards, achievements, hopes and desires. Maybe there are 6 billion definitions of "success"? It's a pity that more often than not young people are told what success IS about rather than they are presented with possibilities of what success MIGHT BE about in their case. I'm glad the Talks you suggested in your post describe what may lead to success and not what success is.