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Baseball chose players by score. Good home-runs + average running were chosen over great home-runs + terrible running. All of that changed..

Baseball chose players by score. Good home-runs + average running were chosen over great home-runs + terrible running. All of that changed..

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Education needs to go beyond the lecture hall. 'Roundtable' is small groups of students, alumni and faculty who learn beyond the lecture.

Education needs to go beyond the lecture hall. 'Roundtable' is small groups of students, alumni and faculty who learn beyond the lecture.

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James commented on Moneyball GPA

The full masters at University of Michigan gets plugged through the course. so it seems to be like a freemium business model, but instead of free, its affordable. Is affordblium a business term?

Edx UX - Each class is 5 weeks long and there are 8/9 classes. But it is very easy to fit in to lifestyle and is affordable. I'm not sure if it will be any use, but enjoying learning something new.

Yes, but not exactly.... if someone takes a degree in science, history and philosophy and imagine that is the only degree available. The student who gets 7 out of 10 in all three gains a total score of 21. The student who gets 10 out of 10 in science and capable of a PhD and a nobel prize, but gets 2 in history and 2 in philosophy gets a total of 14 points and unfortunately can't get hired and goes nowhere. Change the three variables to studying engineering and being forced to do civil, electronic and medical. The student who gets 21 beats the student who gets 14. Go deeper again and focus just on civil engineering with three classes in bridges, buildings and roads. The student who gets 21 beats the student who gets 14 despite that student who got 14 could have been the next Peter Rice. (I'm almost sure Peter Rice didn't do well at Queen's and then did well at Imperial before being called the James Joyce of civil engineering.) In any case where a student who gets 14 is overlooked despite an exceptional specific talent where they exceed everyone, then our system of measurement is letting us down.

I think the baseball analogy of Moneyball works perfectly. The baseball league were recruiting based on the best of three things. Someone figured out the guys who got the most home runs were slow runners and therefore not getting a good average of three things if running was one of them. But they did get the most home runs! He bought all those players cheaply and took a nobody team to win the world series because others forgot the team with the most home runs will usually stand a good chance of winning the world series.

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James commented on Roundtable v0.03

Found this similar idea for entrepreneurs, but expanding to more topics.
http://www.circl.es

"Why Do So Many Business Leaders Have Peer Groups?
Over 100,000 CEOs and business owners spend more than a day each month with forums organized by Young President’s Organization, Entrepreneur’s Organization, Vistage and similar organizations. These groups cost $5,000 to $10,000 a year and up. Why?

Peer groups help members solve problems, save them from reinventing wheels, and amplify knowledge and networks. A peer group becomes something like workout buddies so you can overcome obstacles, stick with a program, and sustain change. Even though we are linked to more people than ever, we are increasingly isolated. Confiding in a group of peers is fulfilling even as it is worthwhile. It can connect friendship, learning, and earning.

We would carefully match you in a peer group of 7 other entrepreneurs who have similar goals and challenges as you. Over the course of 16 weeks you will meet in our video meeting room 8 times and work on those challenges with each other. Each circle has a guide who shows you how to run a meeting, set goals and learn from each other. Sixteen weeks later you emerge as a stronger founder, better learner, and possess a larger network of people from whom you can draw upon for support (or in your case, a place to crash).

We’ve been workshopping the product and process with other founders and have seen some awesome results so far. Our learning methodology has been developed in partnership with some real pioneers in the field and we’ve built an advisory board of CEOs and thought leaders from organizations like YPO, General Assembly, MIT Media Lab, The Aspen Institute, and The Center for Curriculum Re-design at Harvard University."

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James commented on A personal learning assistant

I said in a different post that the main reason kids from rough neighborhoods don't get into Harvard is they haven't heard of it. The second reason may be a list of other things, but without solving that rather easy to solve first problem, nothing else can happen. On a different level, they are many questions and tips students just don't know. "Common knowledge is not so common." A virtual automated assistant would be a great idea!