WE DEDICATE THIS PAGE TO YOU ALL IN ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT EXCITING THINGS WILL BE HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE. INVESTIGATE WHAT INTERESTS YOU WHENEVER YOU HAVE FREE TIME. DISCOVER THE FUN OF LEARNING ABOUT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS, ABOUT ANYTHING, ANY SUBJECT IN WHICH YOU ARE INTERESTED. MOST OF ALL, DISCOVER THAT LEARNING DOES NOT HAVE TO BE BORING, BUT INSTEAD IT CAN BE INCREDIBLY INTERESTING.

 

It may be useful if I explain how learning changes the brain. When you are born, you have about 100,000,000,000 (100 billion) brain cells called neurons. If you or your mom is exposed to drugs (unless a doctor prescribed it), heavy metals, e.g., lead in lead paint, alcohol or even cigarettes during pregnancy and after you are born, it can create learning problems, because fewer brain cells may develop or some of them may end up not working properly. A very tiny amount of exposure may not cause big problems, but using them regularly can make you totally dumb so that you cannot even talk or think like normal people can.

 

After you are born, very specific brain cells will start connecting to each other at a very high rate. There are brain cells for every specific event, feeling, sound, sight, coordination, language and even the sound of some classical music (e.g., Beethoven) speeds the interconnection of brain cells and memory formation for the baby. That is how learning works and develops in one's brain. Watch how babies are interested in everything even before they can talk. They are learning about their environment. The brain cell interconnections are happening very fast in the first six years, and there are specific brain cells that become interconnected for anything that you learn, like what you see, hear or feel, and how your communications, fears, personality develops as well as the subjects you are learning in school. So drugs, cigarettes, alcohol or the wrong foods or bad treatment by anyone can damage or destroy your ability to learn and think normally; can make you get angry easily and even worse. Just imagine how bad that could be.

 

After six years of age, the speed of brain cell interconnections starts slowing a little annually as you get older. I will tell you a very important point that even many adults have no idea about, but you will. The harder courses in school are important to take because the harder courses form much more brain cell interconnections. The more interconnections you have, the smarter you become. So, the main reason you take some difficult courses in school is not because you will need them for a job necessarily. You may need it so that the needed brain cell interconnections are present for different or more advanced courses, or jobs. That is what is needed for a good job that you enjoy and that pays well. So, the most important thing is to form a huge number of brain cell interconnections. That means that learning the more difficult courses, learning and liking music and art are very important. Learning means increasing these brain interconnections. Some of it requires hard work studying, and some of it can be achieved in a way that is a lot of fun.

 

You can get on the Internet the best explanations that are absolutely fascinating from the most famous people in the world who are specialized experts in the area of your question. For example, if you enter into Google "YouTube,(the information you want)", you will be amazed. You could learn about any subject that turns you on, by using Google because you will be able to learn from the best people in the world. Such people can make learning fun, and I would like you to discover that fun, regardless of how good or not so good a student you were in the past. One of the best educational systems in the world is in a country called Finland. They use a similar approach in their public schools. They are rated always between the first and tenth best in the world depending on the test and survey used. Our teachers, elected Boards of Education, and state Education Departments do not feel that they could learn anything from them. Well, Finland produces the best results. Nationally we dropped to 40th in the world, and Tennessee is close to the bottom in the US. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT ANYTHING ESPECIALLY WITH FUN instead of being bored to death.

 

Please remember not to destroy your brain cells with substances that do that. If any adult wants to confirm what I told you above, tell them to show this page to a medical doctor WHO IS A NEUROLOGIST, exactly as I wrote it above.



We heard for years from both students and teachers that schools are boring and that enthusiasm is missing. We wanted to introduce to you, students, something that you will find really cool, and most of you will find very interesting, REGARDLESS OF HOW GOOD A STUDENT YOU WERE, OR YOU ARE. For this page, the only thing you need is YOUR imagination. You all have that, regardless of how good or bad your grades are in school. Watch some short programs from two of the most famous scientists in the world. They know what is going to happen 20-50 years into the future. It will be very interesting. You will be amazed. The predictions of these men have been 80-87% correct in the past. That is extremely high, and no one else matches them.



You will hear or see some words that you may not understand. Not a problem! You could guess what some of them mean, or just go to Google, enter the word you would like to know more about. Google will give you the best explanations. That could lead you to other Google searches, because you discovered new things that are even more interesting. You may find some information that may not interest you, and some that will be absolutely fantastic. Just follow what interests you. Sometimes you will need to understand some boring stuff first, so that you will understand the real interesting things. One point is for sure; your knowledge will amaze not just boys and girls, your friends, but teachers, your family and their friends as well! You have no idea how famous you may become!

 

But your grades must be excellent. Do you know who Steve Jobs was? Steve Jobs was a dropout, and he started in his parents' garage and built Apple, a huge and very successful company. Steve Jobs became a multi-multi billionaire. While in school, he always had high grades.



Do you know who Bill Gates is? He was also a dropout. He and a friend started a company called Microsoft in his parents' garage. Microsoft also became a huge successful company, and Bill Gates became the RICHEST PERSON IN THE WORLD!!! While in school, he also worked hard and he always had high grades.



I would suggest that you read about them and find out what made them so successful!



There were also others like that, but most of them stayed in college and finished it with good grades.



DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE NOT COLLEGE MATERIAL! MAYBE THE SCHOOL IS NOT SO HOT, AND OTHER KIDS MAY HAVE PARENTS WHO CAN HELP THEM. YOU COULD BE THE SMARTEST, AND THAT MY FRIEND, WOULD BE INTERESTING TO FIND OUT. I have friends who were told that they had some disability. The interesting thing is that they thought as they were growing up that elementary school was the hardest, high school became easier, and college was even more easy and the more advanced college called graduate school was a breeze! You could be that way, so never give up and learn as much as you can about what you enjoy the most!




IF IT IS OK WITH YOU, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU LOOK AT THESE YOUTUBE VIDEOS. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE IS VERY INTERESTING!

The two most famous scientists are Dr. Michio Kaku (read about him here), and Dr. Ray Kurtzweil (read about him here).



Click on the following really cool videos from these two men, and let your imagination fly like a powerful eagle.

  • Future World 2030: Dr Michio Kaku


  • Michio Kaku and Ray Kurtzweil – The Future


  • 10 Times Michio Kaku Arguments Blew Our Minds


  • Ray Kurzweil's Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years


  • Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology


  • Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity


  • MATHEMATICS, SCIENCES, HISTORY: Internationally famous company to provide the best, easy to use tutorials for any subject: The Khan Academy. IF YOU ENCOUNTER A PROBLEM IN ANY SUBJECT THAT IS DIFFICULT/CONFUSING, THEN LOOK HERE FOR A TUTORIAL. THESE GUYS CREATE THE BEST TUTORIALS. ALWAYS LOOK UP WORDS THAT YOU ARE NOT SURE YOU UNDERSTAND CLEARLY.

    READING, ESPECIALLY SPEED READING: This could be of great help even if you are not such a good reader. Free speed reading tutorials. Just click here and try them. Even if you are a slow reader, speed reading can increase your comprehension/understanding of what you are reading. We are not very successful in teaching reading. I will help you. Do this, and you may end up liking it better than TV. Why? Because reading works with your imagination, and your imagination does a much better job in creating the complete picture of what is going on, IF YOU READ SOMETHING THAT INTERESTS YOU. So read about something that interests you, and every 5 minutes just close your eyes and imagine what is happening. Once you can imagine what the story is as you read it, just keep enjoying it. If you want to learn by reading, look at some YouTube videos about something that you would like to learn and become very good at it. Something that could perhaps lead to a hobby or a job. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO BUILD YOUR READING SKILL WITH SUBJECTS IN WHICH YOU ARE VERY INTERESTED. TRY TO PICK SUBJECTS THAT COULD LEAD TO A GREAT HOBBY OR ADVENTURE, SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD ENJOY A LOT! ALWAYS LOOK UP WORDS THAT YOU ARE NOT SURE YOU UNDERSTAND CLEARLY!

    For more than four decades now, excellent learning aids have been available to teach any subject. They were called programmed instruction books, that one could find even today.

    A programmed instruction book introduces any subject in very tiny parts. It explains each part in progression, to explain an entire course, such as American History, English or Algebra I, and so on. After explaining one part you go to a few questions. Your answers indicate how well you understand the last and all prior sections learned. Based on your answers you are referred to a new part, that may be a completely new part to advance, or a part that explains in a different way the previous part learned, if the answers to questions indicate that more learning is needed. Programmed instruction books were and are fantastic tools to learn any subject. Unfortunately they were not used in public schools much, although the methodology could help teachers to be more effective. In the best education systems in the world, such as the one in Finland, the teacher decides IN ANY CLASS OF ANY SUBJECT, what books or teaching aids he/she is going to use, AND the teacher has complete and total authority in the classroom without fear of interference from above or from parents.

    It would be very helpful if one reads the Wikipedia section on programmed instruction just click on it here.

    This document describes many excellent programs available from the Internet to cover K-12 education: http://www.openculture.com/free_k-12_educational_resources.

    In any job, there are some workers who are not good in that vocation but could be excellent elsewhere in a different job. Then there are many who are average and could be excellent in a different job, and some who are very good in the job to begin with. There are very few who are absolutely fantastic communicators and workers. The same thing is true among teachers.

    In the USA, it is assumed that a teacher with five years of experience and teacher certification is well qualified. In Finland as an example, the teaching profession is more respected than any other profession, with the salary being only average. New teachers are recruited only from the top ten percent of a Master's graduating class in the subject that they would teach, and then matched to the teaching profession psychologically. In Finland, a top performer with high qualifications is not considered fully qualified as a senior teacher for fifteen years. Until then generally the assistant teacher works together with a senior teacher in a classroom, being mentored by the senior teacher.

    There are not many teachers or professors who are "absolutely fantastic" and very successful with their lectures. But the Internet or DVDs can bring the very best such motivators and teachers or professors to any student anywhere in the world practically free. Just imagine how much more the teachers could achieve, if they could make any such super-tool available to the students, who are able to proceed at their own rate, with the teachers job being more of a classroom management job, allowing students to learn as fast as they can.

    I am presenting here links to such super-tools to any teacher, parent or student. YouTube also has become a huge source for millions of videos covering any subject and the best lectures. The education side of YouTube can be tailored by the schools or teachers to student access only to a set of videos picked for that purpose.

    Many of the other sources are free or inexpensive. Those that are sold, go on sale with huge discounts periodically. Since our poorly performing public schools do not use them, take the initiative, and you can always use them for your own benefit to get those children achieve fantastic results.

     

    THE FUTURE:

    Please read this Forbes Magazine article. After looking over this area about the role of the Internet it is clear that not just universities but all education will undergo a big change soon. It will eliminate the huge overhead in all education districts in Central Management to normal levels to transfer the financial gains to the schools who produce the results. Why? Because through the Internet, the best teachers and professors in any subject can be made available to anyone, anywhere in the world. Courses that require laboratory work will be able to get it through simulation, robotics and artificial intelligence via the Internet. Testing and accreditation will be easy through the most highly reputable schools and universities in the world similar to MIT in the above Forbes Magazine article.


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