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Liao Xinyue
16.08.2018

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.

Answer

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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Ember
16.08.2018

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?

Answer

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 the education system
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Matthew Whitfield
16.08.2018

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.

Answer

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
16.08.2018

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?

Answer

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.


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Tyler Sutton
16.08.2018

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?

Answer

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 Vladimir Spivakovsky
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Zakharova Elena
16.08.2018

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?

Answer

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
16.08.2018

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

Answer

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 brands and advertising
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Victor
16.08.2018

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.

Answer

1. Yes, the idea of Mega Brands 10×10 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
16.08.2018

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.

Answer

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
16.08.2018

Hello,

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

Answer

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.


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