I usually steer clear of the “economic debates” because both sides of the argument usually “sound right”. But usually, they are wrong. We don’t know “how much wrong” but wealth distribution for the classes hasn’t achieved the desired goal.
I have been looking at the education sector very closely and realised that artificial metrics to gauge performance are just…metrics. The real-world outcomes cannot be determined by education alone. A formal job is just as dreary to an individual, as much as without it.
Again, while I don’t usually agree with the “liberalism” values tooted in the blog post below, there’s a compelling argument to “build”. I agree with the building part. However, mass manufacturing comes with its own perception of “quality”. Part of the appeal, for a University like Harvard, lies in its perception of “exclusivity”. I doubt if that would ever happen. There are several other false narratives peddled out but this is not the appropriate medium.
Going forward, yes, we need to reboot our thoughts about the applicability of what we build forward. Radiation Oncology can progress further on the solid foundation of radiation biology and fusing bioinformatics with it. That’s building a whole lot of new ideas. If we argue and counter-argue about fractionation schemes without even bothering to have a back up of “research”, I don’t think it bodes really well.
Go back and look at the whole history of radiobiology- it was in 60’s, 70’s. Read the blurb below and make your own conclusions.
You see it in education. We have top-end universities, yes, but with the capacity to teach only a microscopic percentage of the 4 million new 18 year olds in the U.S. each year, or the 120 million new 18 year olds in the world each year. Why not educate every 18 year old? Isn’t that the most important thing we can possibly do? Why not build a far larger number of universities, or scale the ones we have way up? The last major innovation in K-12 education was Montessori, which traces back to the 1960s; we’ve been doing education research that’s never reached practical deployment for 50 years since; why not build a lot more great K-12 schools using everything we now know? We know one-to-one tutoring can reliably increase education outcomes by two standard deviations (the Bloom two-sigma effect); we have the internet; why haven’t we built systems to match every young learner with an older tutor to dramatically improve student success?