Cryptocurrencies, Deflation, and Nano

A reader posed a question to me recently. The answer was rather involved. I put the question and the answer here. Question: Nano seems much better than bitcoin at being a good currency. But since there is a fixed supply with no inflation, should we expect most people won't want to spend their nano, and … Continue reading Cryptocurrencies, Deflation, and Nano

A New Candidate High School Curriculum

A New Candidate High School Curriculum

My high school experience was largely a waste of time. Here was my standard history class. We would enter the classroom and the teacher would spend five minutes taking role (accounting for which students were present). Then, the teacher would tell us, "Read chapter X and answer the five questions at the end of the … Continue reading A New Candidate High School Curriculum

Thoughts on Math Education: How Inequity Will Be Exacerbated with Good Intentions

Thoughts on Math Education: How Inequity Will Be Exacerbated with Good Intentions

In 2016 and 2017, ISIS took control of much of Syria. In those cities where it ruled, children were not permitted to learn mathematics and science [1,2]. That, of course, was terrible for the prospects of those children. Seeing ISIS as a potentially violent threat, I realized that the threat would mitigate itself with time. … Continue reading Thoughts on Math Education: How Inequity Will Be Exacerbated with Good Intentions