IAE Blog

Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon not-for-profit corporation founded by David Moursund in August 2007. The IAE Blog was started in August 2010.

Steadily Increasing World Population Is a Steadily Increasing Problem in Sustainability

In 1968, when I was much younger than I am today, Paul Ehrlich’s book The Population Bomb was published. I remember being quite alarmed at the time I read it. One result was that my wife and I, who planned to have four children, decided to adopt two mixed-race children to join the two children we already had in our family.

I recently read the following interview of Paul Ehrlich:

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Shorter Is Often Better—In Grant Writing and in Teaching

Here is one of my favorite quotes:

I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. (Blaise Pascal; French mathematician, physicist, religious philosopher, and child prodigy; 1623–1662.)

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Forecasting the Future: Good Education Helps Prepare Students for Their Possible Futures

All of us routinely make forecasts about our possible futures. For example, I wake up in the morning and reach to my dresser top to pick up my glasses. I forecast that they will be where I usually leave them. Once in a great while they have been moved by one of my cats—indeed, may be lying on the floor. Somewhat similarly, I go to my closet and reach for a shirt that I forecast will be there. I put on my shoes and tell my fingers to undertake the somewhat magical process called tying my shoes. I forecast that this tying process will happen correctly. (Sometimes it doesn’t.)

A few minutes later I am reading a newspaper, eating breakfast, and planning my day. That is, I am in the process of creating my future. When I plan and then make decisions about implementing my plans, I forecast that I will successfully carry out my plans. I can analyze possible results of successfully carrying out my plans—that is, making my forecasts come true.

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Home and School Environment—and Games—in Math Education of Kids

Recently my close friend and co-author Bob Albrecht shared with me examples of a category of math problem used in some elementary school math classes. We are currently co-authoring a book on the use of games to enhance math education for K-8 students. (Note added 12/2/2012: See Moursund & Albrecht in Reference at the end of this entry for the title and a link to download the book.)

Add to 15: List as many ways as you can to use the numbers 1 through 9 to add up to 15, without repeating any of the numbers in a single equation. If you can, try to list all possible ways.

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What Should We Teach Our Kids about Various Handicapping Conditions?

When I was finishing high school, I took the State of Oregon vocational test. I remember doing quite poorly on the spatial reasoning and manual dexterity parts of the test. I recall that I received a report that suggested I should not plan to take more advanced math courses due to my spatial reasoning level of performance on these tests.

It is interesting to note that I had little trouble in completing a doctorate in math. However, throughout my life I have had considerable trouble finding my way around cities I visit and buildings I enter. In addition, I certainly am “klutzy” when it comes to manual dexterity.

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