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About the education system
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Nikolay Averin
16.08.2018

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!

Answer

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
16.08.2018

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.

Answer

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 the book "Educational blast"
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Denis
16.08.2018

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

Answer

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


About the education system
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Dmitriy
16.08.2018

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.

Answer

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 the education system
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Pauline
13.08.2018

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?

Answer

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.


About other projects
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Stephan Rudensky
13.08.2018

Vladimir, do you plan to write «Educational Blast» for universities?

Answer

1. I wrote something about universities in the same book in Chapter 10, like thesis. And also in numerous articles that will soon be made into a book.

2. I have a vision of what higher education should be like. It is radically different from the current disadvantageous system (not only here, but all over the world). Moreover, higher education can be reorganized quickly and it can be made less expensive and more efficient.


About other projects
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Wenny Choo
13.08.2018

Vladimir, good afternoon! You are asked thousands of questions, and you always find answers. This is amazing! I wonder what questions puzzle you and you are looking for the answers yourself?

Answer

1. Tomorrow you will see my fresh idea — where to find a billion: quickly and simply.


About Vladimir Spivakovsky
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Kimberly Clark
13.08.2018

Vladimir Mikhailovich, were you good at Math in your childhood? They say that those who understand exact sciences — succeed in life better.

Answer

1. There is no connection between knowledge of mathematics and prosperity in life. Even in mathematics itself there is a postulate, when they say for different reasons «… this condition is necessary, but insufficient».

2. To succeed in life, you need a few additional qualities: ingenuity, imagination, charisma, ambition, loyalty, skills and abilities. That is, it is necessary to have both hemispheres equally well developed — the left (which is responsible for the mind and order), and the right one, which is responsible for beauty, feelings and imagination.

3. As for me, then — yes, I was the best at mathematics at school and at the institute, I won many different Academic Olympics. But at some point I discovered that this line alone was becoming defective and dead-end for me. And I began to develop everything that I wrote here: composing music, poetry, speaking in public (at first through not being able to), to train intuition and every time to see the goal — why I am doing something. And very different horizons began to open for me.

4. It is believed that Mathematics develops logical thinking. But all the sadness lies in the fact that life isn`t built on logic. Moreover, there are a lot of logics now.

5. And more: Mathematics is called the queen of sciences. I thought for a long time, feeling that something was wrong here. And I understood: the queen is good but what if there is the «king» and what is he is more important?


About Vladimir Spivakovsky
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Sayanora
13.08.2018

Vladimir Mikhailovich, you are, in general, a positive person. Do you consider yourself more optimistic or realistic?

Answer

1. I’m different in different situations. It depends on everything: character, mood, weather and my desire to get to the bottom of the problem and number of current activities, when it is necessary to choose more important things from secondary ones.

2. Looking at some situation, I immediately imagine a conveyor belt from start to finish — how it can end and what obstacles can wait along the way and how to overcome them.

And I never evaluate a situation in the terms that you gave. Moreover, I do not divide people into such or other. In my opinion a person cannot be an optimist or a realist (or pessimist). And their actions either. That is, a person can react in different ways to the same thing.

3. Yesterday I refused to participate in one project, and I’m not even going to think about the reason for this refusal. And in another, almost hopeless, activity I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, and somehow promoted it. And I also do not care with what traits of character it is connected.


About Vladimir Spivakovsky
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Dr.Fitzgerald
13.08.2018

Vladimir Mikhailovich! Do you have any idols? (maybe it’s stupid to ask the person-idol of many, but still, do not blame me)))

Answer

1. Yes, there are, they are multi-purpose people, that is, those who live a multi-dimensional life and surprise everyone with multi-vector results.

2. From historical persons — Leonardo da Vinci (painting, engineering, medicine, sculpture, science), Nikola Tesla (inventor, unique), Captain Cook – seafarer, Mikhail Botvinnik (chess, electrical engineering), Ronald Reagan (actor, president). Fom the modern — Andrey Makarevich (songs, television, paintings, underwater research), Richard Branson (business, character).


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