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I describe several inter-related perspectives on K-12 mathematics education, and provide pointers to relevant resources that may be useful for educators, parents and students. I believe that attempts to integrate and harmonize these perspectives in the classroom could be very fruitful.  
It occurred to me recently that there are several perspectives on K-12 mathematics education out there, that it may be helpful to consider and compare: The Utilitarian View: This view argues that for most people that are n...
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Birds seen on a trip today with friends to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve in Orange County. 
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Fascinating interactive map of the frontiers of theoretical physics. 
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A short essay on computer-aided "explanation".   Large-scale models and computer-generated proofs are very impressive and useful, and have some of the properties we'd like to have in good scientific explanations. But they also lack many of those properties.  Is it possible to fill that gap?

More briefly: the subject is whether and how it's possible to remove the scare quotes around "explanation".

The essay is the first in a series I've been asked to write for Quanta magazine 3 to 4 times a year.  

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150723-computer-explanation/
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This seems to be a never-ending discussion... there are many differing views and no "scientific" basis to decide on one optimal choice... 
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A Triptych: Black-Necked Stilt, at Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve in Orange County
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A pointer to research on why high-schoolers stay up late (no, it's not just to party or play on screens!): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2820578/
Sleep deprivation among adolescents is epidemic. We argue that this sleep deprivation is due in part to pubertal changes in the homeostatic and circadian regulation of sleep. These changes promote a delayed sleep phase that is exacerbated by evening light ...
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An article about this topic today from NYTimes: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/20/sleep-for-teenagers
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Nice to see USC made it to this list of schools producing best equipped graduates to make an impact in the world of technology: http://tech.co/university-college-tech-startup-talent-2015-07
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Just found out about this classic article on how to conduct productive discussions in class: http://www.indiana.edu/~tchsotl/part%201/part1%20materials/The_Dreaded_Discussion.pdf     

I like his motivation for why good discussions are important: "The key to effective retention of learning, I believe, is in owning the discovery. Emerson wrote in his journals that a wise person "must feel and teach that the best wisdom cannot be communicated (but) must be acquired by every soul for itself." My primary strategy as a teacher is to structure situations in which students have as many opportunities as possible to acquire wisdom for themselves; that is, to own the discovery of a new learning insight or connection and to express that discovery to others. In this way their substantive learning
is increased and their self-esteem is enhanced. "


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I don't know if it's heresy to announce on Google plus that I've joined Twitter too, but for what it's worth, you can find me there @bhaskark_la 
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And I'm @smpl5 on twitter
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This is just mind-blowing!
 
Except this. This is the only part the neural network did not write. Blame our CMS.
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I am a member of the faculty at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering where I design and analyze algorithms for next generation wireless networks and teach undergraduate and graduate courses on related topics.  I enjoy reading, writing, learning languages, nature, history, and photography.
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