The following is my keynote address to the high school research science program at the Spring Conference of the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians in April 2016: Your presence here indicates more than a passing interest in math and science, and you have demonstrated Continue reading The Paradox of Consensus (Keynote Address)
Yesterday’s Internet firestorm is the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, a high school freshman in Irving, Texas. His crime? Making a clock that school authorities feared might be perceived as a bomb by what could only be described as a willfully Continue reading What About The Delinquents?
More than a few people have asked how one learns to write well. (I flatter myself in imagining myself competent to offer advice on the matter.) The glib answer – for this and most other things – is merely “practice”. Continue reading (One) Philosophy of Writing
Paul Downs, the founder of a cabinetmaking firm, penned a great piece in the New York Times explaining why businesses don’t train workers, even with a shortage of skilled workers. Distilled to its essence, the answer is “opportunism plus opportunity Continue reading Clawback For the Rest of Us
ABC News reports that Oregon will be implementing “Pay It Forward, Pay It Back,” a plan that looks remarkably similar to Human Equity contracts. The proposed scheme offers post-secondary schooling at zero price; after graduation, students repay the State with Continue reading Oregon’s Experiment With Human Equity
An earlier post mentioned the revival of an old idea – funding education by way of equity rather than debt. Now Wired reports on App Academy, a San-Francisco based firm operating a “boot camp” for programmers. Like any human equity Continue reading Vertically Integrated Human Equity
The Verge recently ran a story about a “new” idea for funding education and start-ups called “human capital contracts”. Whereas a loan involves borrowing money and paying it back some time later with interest, this involves borrowing money and paying Continue reading Human Equity and Voluntary Taxes