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If you’re going to get anywhere in learning mathematics, you need to learn to be comfortable not understanding something… The truth is that mathematicians are chronically lost and confused. It’s our natural state of being, and I mean that in a good way.
Jeremy Kun on why mathematicians are, and should be, “chronically lost and confused.” Pair with the wonderful Love and Math. (via explore-blog)

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Let’s put ourselves in the undergraduate student’s position. Someone eighteen years old, embarking on an academic career, might well ask: Will this world welcome me, welcome my potential abilities? Or am I being trained for a life on a hamster wheel? Is my value simply the value of a hamster that can run, a bioform for the Matrix to plug into and extract my essence for the benefit of a larger machine? Is this world full of possibilities, is it asking me to contribute, welcoming my contribution, valuing me for the things known and unknown that I may one day be able to contribute? Or am I being wronged from the start, treated as a “customer,” which all too often means, alas, someone to fleece?

Is the world full of smart and welcoming adults who are interested in what I have to say, encouraging me to work hard and learn and try things, or is it full of thieves and charlatans who are out to rip me off and saddle me with debt and enslave me before I even get a chance to start my adult life??

Let’s consider this from the educator’s point of view, as well. Doesn’t the quality of a culture rely in part on a deep, dynamic interaction between those who are adults now, and those who will be soon?…

Let me suggest that it’s not the young workers who are being trained wrong. It’s the bosses.

The ever-wise Maria Bustillos envisions the future of education in the age of MOOCs, advocating for instilling in young people a desire to find their purpose rather than slave away at work. (via explore-blog)

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lauraschwecherl:

Christmas Eve conversation:
“Apply to google. They have openings in their Nigerian office. Non-engineering openings.”
Almost tempting. Yebehyia bio, Nate Dog.  

You should. 

lauraschwecherl:

Christmas Eve conversation:

“Apply to google. They have openings in their Nigerian office. Non-engineering openings.”

Almost tempting. Yebehyia bio, Nate Dog.  

You should.