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About case-lessons
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Liao Xinyue
05.06.2018

Hello. I am a teacher from Asia. We have been using the 7W cases during the last six months while a classroom training. Tell me please how to use cases during the summer holidays so that children continue their education and do not forget knowledge they received during the year.

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Владимир Спиваковский

It is easy. You can see all suitable options of age, topics and languages of the case-lessons on the site www.edufuture.biz. Choose your lovely case or package and even get a discount. Pay attention on the most popular case-lessons, which are included in the top-list by children and teachers from different countries.


About the education system
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Victor
29.05.2018

Good afternoon, I appeal to you as a creator of the first private school in Ukraine. I know that in your country public schools are still very popular, whereas in our country (in England) parents are still trying to send their child to a private school. In your opinion, which option is better?

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Владимир Спиваковский

It depends on your vision of which ratio “costs-results” is better. Some people prefer the cheap price, some – the future career of their child. Although there are many cheap (or free) schools providing good quality knowledge. And vice versa.


About reforming the education
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Matthew Whitfield
27.05.2018

Vladimir Spivakovsky, I really like your project of reforming the education system. I hope that it will get accustomed to different countries with different mentality. But where can we get teachers to create a new education system? After all, even if you completely change the technical equipment and content, teachers will still remain the same.

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Владимир Спиваковский

Yes, you are right. Teachers become weak link in the system. Nevertheless, there is a way out. It is impossible to reeducate all teachers in one day. And it will take many years to do it consequentially. Fortunately, people in business, faces with such a problem, found a decision, which is well known as “virus marketing”. It means, that it is worth only one person to do it, like the rest follow his example.

The same happens at the school. If in one “pilot” school the new efficient technologies or case-lessons will appear, parents and students of other schools will press them to do the same. Some schools award teachers-innovators with money, status, or additional privileges.


About the education system
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Billy Noris
18.05.2018

Hello, Vladimir. My name is Billy Noris, I'm from the USA. I have carefully studied your 7W school project of the future, and I have a question. Obviously, studying in such a school will not be cheap, since it 1) is private 2) requires a large budget. Is it appropriate to build such schools only for the rich, while the whole world is struggling for accessible education for all?

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Владимир Спиваковский

Thank you, Billy, for your question. It’s not like this. It’s not a matter of money. The first car also used to be expensive and the first Edison’ electric lamp was extremely expensive. However, they appeared because the previous carriages and candles became ineffective. So, the new inventions came. The same happens to the school system. The old one is tired and doesn’t satisfy modern requirements and challenges.

That’s why the algorithm will be as follows. First there might be built pilot projects of new-style schools. And it doesn’t matter what will be the financial sources. It can be municipality initiative, private, foundations, sponsors. So, the fees will vary. Anyway, it is a choice of parents, who are looking for the best ratio “costs-results”.

For instance, the new model of school provides very cheap subscription on the best learning materials instead of expensive textbooks. Moreover, it depends on the country’s education policy. There are many countries, where education is free of charge. I dream for those times, when schools will be free and provide an excellent quality of education.


About case-lessons
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Tyler Sutton
16.05.2018

Good afternoon, Vladimir Spivakovsky. I have a question about case-lessons. How many teachers should conduct a case at the same time? There are scans from different subjects there. Is it possible to cope with one teacher or do we need to involve several? In this case, is it efficient to involve several employees for one lesson?

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Владимир Спиваковский

The best way to conduct is one teacher. There were many attempts to involve more teachers. It led to increase a budget (necessity to pay double or triple salary). In addition, the situation occurred, when teachers began to argue with each other and they spoiled a lesson.

Also, the efficiency comes when we include into interactive discussions students instead of teachers. The progressive point is that the role of the teacher dramatically changes. Now the teacher not totally speaks and explains, but helps to find out needed information and process it. It’s a way, when students master the knowledge deeper, faster and remember it for longer time.


About something personal
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Zakharova Elena
01.04.2018

Vladimir Spivakovsky, teach me, please, and other admirers of your blog, I think, will not refuse to learn.

How not to react to a newspaper hoax? There can be so high profile names, you click the link and oops! – there is useless and meaningless material and you just waste your time. Sometimes adverts pop up, which is also unpleasant.

And what is the most horrible there can be intimate photos, photos of pornographic character.
How can we understand where there is a normal article where there is a hoax?

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Владимир Спиваковский

1. My answer will be a bit strange, because I have learned to treat any information from the point "Can it be useful to me at least a little?". And I have stopped considering information from the point "is it true?". I once asked a Chinese: "How many truths are there in the world?" He thought and replied: "I do not know, but there is one and a half billion of us". Therefore, it`s difficult to understand for whom it is a hoax and for whom it isn`t.

2. All the headlines in the media try to outdo each other in creativity and conspiracy, because for them not the truth is a priority, but a quick attraction of attention. Now on the Internet there is a huge business - using links to guide you where they need (not you).

3. Do you have protection from this? Not really, because there is hardly something that can protect you from this bulldozer. What is my strategy? I taught myself to recognize very quickly (in 1-2 seconds) if I need this text or not. My "thesaurus" works for me, that is, I instantly catch some key words, as well as the tonality of the written text, the last phrase or line. My brain quickly decides in autopilot mode if to stop here or scroll further.

Well, it is like a melody and then you catch some fake notes. Why should you listen to it further?

4. But since I have a well-developed right hemisphere, which is always looking for something creative. Sometimes even in verbal or illustrative rubbish I switch on my imagination and my brain, again independently, without my intervention, starts looking for some zest in this cacophony or rubbish. And then it reports to me that from such and such rubbish you can get a completely different candy.

5. Thus it turns out that the efficiency of my browsing is about 80%, and I do not regret about those 20% of trash. As my mother-in-law says, a good housewife will make good use even of spoilt sour cream.


About countries and oddities
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Zitza
31.03.2018

What would you say? Is peace in the whole world a utopia? Is there a chance to stop wars and global conflicts completely?

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Владимир Спиваковский

1. Yes, world peace is a utopia. I'll tell you a story.

2. One of the most recent experiences of creating an ideal and democratic city is Auroville (which is a wonderful name!). And it is in India. And where else! It is a country of meditation, yoga, vegetarianism and canonical peace.

Bengali philosopher Sri Aurobindo, together with French philosopher Mira Alfassa tried to create an ideal city in 1968. Apparently, they wanted to prove the non-utopian nature of the city of the Sun by Tommaso Campanella.

People from all over the world were invited to live in this city. It was built according to the laws of the Galaxy - the buildings were arranged in concentric circles from the center. Despite the aridity of this region, factories and industries, infrastructure and universities, schools and plantations were organized. Perhaps, something good would have resulted from this venture, if the inhabitants hadn`t wanted ... to deify Mira - the founder of this city.

This wish ruined everything, as the natural balance was disturbed.

The humanity has been caught in the same trap many times, when deification of one person led to the imbalance of the whole system.

The goal was false here too: instead of steady expansion of everything good according to the law of necessary diversity there was exaltation of one person only. And ... it led to a collapse. Now there are ruins, dirt and homeless people.


About crises
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Victor
31.03.2018

Hello,

There is such a well-known TV series "Servant of the people" which is filmed by "Quarter 95" team.

They show the problems of Ukraine and sometimes in general terms talk about the ways to solve these problems. Haven`t you thought to present your ideas of MegaBrands in this series? It is watched by millions of people and they can be hooked. After all, if you look at Switzerland for example – there is the highest standard of living (according to some ratings it is No. 1 in the world), and they are not in the European Union and they are not looking forward to being there. They have just concentrated on watches, banks, chocolate, cheese, the Alps and knives. And the whole world knows these Mega Brands of Switzerland and respects them for their high quality.

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Владимир Спиваковский

1. Yes, the idea of Mega Brands 10x10 is gaining more and more supporters. This is when 10 major business brands of Ukraine will be able to bring about $10 billion each year. Thus, it will add up $100 billion to our GDP, which is now about the same. That is, you can significantly increase it every year.

2. Servant of the People is a great TV series, but it is more political, social, sad and cheerful. The authors of the script have their own vision. And economic calculations are not the point for them. But your idea is good. :-)


About countries and oddities
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Kolka
31.03.2018

Hello,

Vladimir, why don`t you make reports about your travels? Don`t you want to write a book about your travels in the future. I would gladly read it.

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Владимир Спиваковский

1. I have recently been on an expedition in Australia and New Zealand for more than a month, visiting hard-to-reach and unique places.

2. And, although it was difficult due to the poor Internet connection there, I sent reports from there - materials, photos and texts, which were posted here in the blog in the section "What's happened" and also on my Facebook account. It's a pity that they did not catch your eye. Although on the main page of the site there is a big banner "Report from the End of the World".


About countries and oddities
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Ingeborga
25.03.2018

Hello,

How can the problem of the lack of public transport be solved in large cities?

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Владимир Спиваковский

1. If there is a lack, it is necessary to buy.

2. If there are problems with the transportation of passengers, then it is necessary to optimize their flows. If there are problems with traffic jams, then you need to dig 3-4 tunnels and build several roads on the second tier.


About the education system
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Nikolay Averin
25.03.2018

Hello, Vladimir! I have known about you for a long time. Today I have discovered a Superman in you. So only you can answer me. I am shocked by human imperfection, which brings troubles. But even more I`m shocked by the infirmity and unwillingness of the modern Ukrainian education system to solve this problem. So I want to ask you: 1) Do you consider it necessary to master the principles of individual self-organization for a growing person? 2) If "Yes", how should this happen? 3) If "No", then what is, in your understanding, an alternative to comprehension and self-realization of a person as a humane, prosperous and successful personality? 4) Is the statement "Self-organization determines self-realization" right? These and other homogeneous questions arose (and have been torturing me for a quarter of a century!) after I became the leader of the experimental school on the problem of individual self-organization, created appropriate concept and pedagogical method, applied them in practice, received a remarkable result, but was expelled from this school by the education chiefs, who, from the bottom to the top, do not want to hear about the problem of self-organization of the individual, about my attempts to reanimate a non-traditional pedagogical method, about me in general as a conductor of pedagogy of individual self-organization, calling me a former teacher. Thank you for attention!

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Владимир Спиваковский

1. Thank you for the letter. I see it this way. The Ukrainian education system (like in any other country) solves one of its main tasks - to provide a standard curriculum. This is good and bad. But you cannot blame the authorities for this, because they have a common task and a lack of money.

2. Therefore, there are so many alternative schools in the world, hundreds of experimenters are implementing their developments, and they are doing it very successfully. And this is the way that you can go.

3. Today all options are open to alternative schools, this is even legislated.

4. But to make your development become the main, pivotal in the whole education system is complicated, as it will be necessary to shrink other subjects - mathematics, physics, etc.

5. Individual self-organization is one of the basic qualities and competences of a person, which can make a person happy or unhappy in the future. Therefore, it is extremely important.

6. But it is unlikely that self-organization, like a lesson, can be squeezed into the curriculum. Most likely, this can be taught during extra-curricular time, holidays, quarantines, in summer camps. Also the course of self-organization can be uploaded on the Internet.

7. I believe that self-organization and self-realization is of great importance and has brilliant prospects. The only thing is to find an acceptable form of such "lessons" or trainings and they will be of a great demand.


About business and money
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La Manche
21.03.2018

Vladimir Spivakovsky, I confess, the "day" with fairy tales was the most interesting of all. When the intrigue seemed to start to go out you presented these tales and everyone was interested again.

But the truth is - children were read bedtime stories so much. For instance there was Buzzy-Wuzzy Busy Fly that my daughter knew by heart and recited on all children's and adult events. Unfortunately there is nothing new to tell my grandchildren, only those old rhymes for children that I remember. But this is the past! but where is something new? but there is none. And if there is, it is so horrible that I will not tell such rubbish to my granddaughter.

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Владимир Спиваковский

1. You know, I'm glad that such a wonderful business niche has appeared in the world. Moreover, in the area that does not seem to be a business.

2. And if there is (and there will certainly be!) such a great writer, who will be in tune with our ultra paradoxical time and find the right tone in communicating with the kids, and who will also come up with heroes and useful-nice-human morality, then we`ll get a completely different reality.


About xvatit.com
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Denis
20.03.2018

Vladimir Spivakovsky, are you going to initiate a competition, where your new book with your autograph will be a prize?

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Владимир Спиваковский

1. Yes, in the autumn. There will be a great competition.


About the education system
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Dmitriy
12.03.2018

In the case of my 11-year-old son, you can experiment and practice new forms of training, because he is the most ordinary D and C pupil. We have nothing to lose. There is no motivation for learning at all. My attempts are unsuccessful. Motivation for computer games and Youtube is 98%. There are favorable opportunities for experiments in distance learning: 1) we are temporarily living in Russia, being citizens of Ukraine, so our son is temporarily (for the second year) studying in a Russian school, and this is the worst of all 5 schools in which we have had a chance to study , so we do not regret leaving it in favor of alternative education (and we had a chance to learn in one good school and even in one very good school, but our relocations are related to work);

2) we have a legal reason to ask for an alternative way of education for our son, since we are registered and used to live in Luhansk before the beginning of all the sad events, and we are Ukrainian citizens with Luhansk residence permit, but we are forced to work abroad temporarily, and at home in Luhansk, our son does not have an opportunity to get Ukrainian education, and we cannot take him to the territory under Ukrainian control, since we have no one to leave him with;

3) we also have a couple of hours every day, which we, as parents, can devote to our child and help him in his studies;

4) we have good 3G internet, and our child's computer is suitable for distance education;

5) our child prefers to learn the topics of school lessons independently by watching the lessons in Youtube;

6) our child has good computer skills (after the 4th grade he designed a computer by the parameters he demanded, he chose and ordered computer hardware via the Internet, and assembled the computer (with my minor help).

I`d like to ask whether there are officially recognized forms of distance education for our child in Ukraine that would be suitable for us?

Thank you.

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Владимир Спиваковский

1. Good afternoon, Dmitry. Your situation is complicated, but not hopeless. There are two ways.

2. You can study remotely in one of the online schools that specialize in this. Their list is presented on the site http://womo.ua/houmskuling-ili-8-ukrainskih-shkol-gde-shkolniki-uchatsya-distantsionno/

3. For the benefit and pleasure of learning, you can use case lessons on the site www.edufuture.biz, there are integrated subjects that students love and they can be studied at home, as they are presented in a convenient Internet format. http://case.edufuture.biz/

I wish you luck and fortitude.


About anything
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Pauline
7.03.2018

Shevchenko University has always been considered the most prestigious university, but it has not been included in the rating of the best universities in the world. Do you know the reason why?

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Владимир Спиваковский

1. The best national car, which we can only manufacture is Zaporozhets. But it, alas, is not in the rating of the best cars in the world. And our best airport Borispol is not in the world rating either. And our best bank is not included in the world rating.

2. The reason is simple: they do not meet the requirements that are set in the world "to the best 500". Shevchenko University of does not publish high-level scientific works, the computer base is obsolete, the graduates have nowhere to work and they do not know anything, the professors are elderly, the material base is poor, the grants are scanty and the knowledge taught is time-worn.

How can it get to the world ranking with such indicators?

3. Is there a way out and hope? Of course yes. We just have to try to match. It is true, it's hard to prove this difference to people who have not seen cool universities in America, China, Japan, Canada and Australia.



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