Josh Lee

Toronto, Canada

About Josh

Languages

English, Korean

Areas of Expertise

Biology, Computer Science, Human Biology

An idea worth spreading

It's easy being a good conversationalist, all you have to do well is listen.

I'm passionate about

Education, World issues (regarding non-renewable resources, poverty, and war), Philosophy, and Life

Universities

University of Toronto

Talk to me about

Global issues (warming, war, etc), Politics, Technology, Great ideas, and absolutely everything you are passionate about!

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Josh Lee
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we build a better educational system?
People tend to focus on useless things in life and disregard the most important things such as friendship and love. What I notice in many people these days is the completely blind lust for money. For me, I grew up in a family where money was very limited and I realized I could be happy without it. Yes there was a time when I wished I had more but those are just temporary emotions anyone can choose to not focus on. The human mind is a powerful computer, if not the most powerful in this universe (so far). The fastest man made computer cannot see the underlying tone of a conversation, it cannot feel the emotions that we feel and does not know how to be aware of different social situations. All it knows how to do is chug a bunch of 0's and 1's really really fast. This is why we all need to take control of our minds, and learn to focus on the good, the positive and be thankful that we are even breathing. Taking things for granted is infinitely easier than being thankful for what you already have.
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Josh Lee
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we build a better educational system?
I agree with everything you said in this comment. That Einstein quote is incredibly accurate even for today's tough times (probably because no one heeded it). I thank you for your input. I think the problem with the individualistic point of view in regards to academic achievement is that the real world doesn't actually work on individual success. It takes a team player to achieve anything greater than what any individual could do. To play in a team, you simply must have the ability to flawlessly communicate with your team members. This might include acts such as setting aside petty squabbles, staying focused on the task at hand, being organized, voicing your valid opinions with supporting arguments, listening to other opinions (just as important if not more), and to have a positive attitude or an understanding of how morale works. These are a few skills that would serve anyone incredible benefits in a team environment. These skills are almost implied in courses that I've taken in university. But never taught as a stand alone course. It boggles my mind because some of these skills will drastically improve the lives of many people who don't possess these skills. I think the best way to rebel against the current school system is to start a new one.
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Josh Lee
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we build a better educational system?
I still believe "linear" way of teaching is useful when someone has found their passion and wants to continue down the road of knowledge. Since there has been so many discoveries, in order to make new discoveries you need to be up to date in your knowledge, which can be done efficiently with "linear" learning. However, to find the passion I believe "circular" learning will be effective at showing the different sides and interactions between the trees of information. By observing the full bird's eye view of the world, I think students will be able to make a more informed decision with regards to their future than just going in blind to something they might not even like by the end.
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Josh Lee
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we build a better educational system?
I have a very similar view on this subject. While I don't think raising their salary will do the job, I think having a course on how to teach effectively (aka communication 101) will adversely affect the effectiveness of education, depending on who's teaching it. Speaking of educational tools, I've always been a fan of video games (for a major part of my life) and I don't discount the fact that games are the most concentrated form of media (sound, visual, interaction, story, etc) and I think we can utilize this potential and make games fun to play and educational, perhaps even productive. It would be a stark contrast between dry and boring textbooks against fun and exciting educational games.
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Josh Lee
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we build a better educational system?
YES! Education for me is a lifelong commitment. I try to learn new things everyday, be it getting some experience in something I've never tried before; meeting new people that I don't fully know how to deal with; reading an interesting book. The list can go on. Ultimately, you are what you know, and the word education tears down the limits of what you CAN know, which means there is no limit to your being. Hippy-istically speaking haha. I think if we can find a way to plant dreams, passion and the willingness to keep learning; the world can be a much much better place...
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Josh Lee
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we build a better educational system?
It's a really long term goal for me. Right now I'm attacking things from my bucket list, such as creating a band and playing a gig. Can only be done while I'm young-ish haha But yea, any sort of goal I have, its much easier to achieve if I break it down to smaller steps. Great advice.
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Josh Lee
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we build a better educational system?
Yea I'm not in it for the money, I genuinely feel that the education system can be so much better. If I wanted money, I'd have gone and become some CEO of some company, and spending ALL my time doing business and worrying about how I can improve our margins etc. There will obviously be a fee for entering your child into the school, but for quality education? I don't think you can put a price on that..
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Josh Lee
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we build a better educational system?
My current dream right now is to start my own school. We will be teaching all sorts of classes starting from maths and sciences to guitar and dance! Right now it is only an idea but give it 10 years, I think it might just happen