[iDC] the American Education Bridge

Paul Prueitt psp at ontologystream.com
Tue Jul 12 13:51:03 UTC 2011

An Outline of a Manuscript on the American Education Bridge

for discussion by the IDC forum...

(Please note that the proposal is that this infrastructure be open  
source, and thus usable outside of the United States.  The assistance  
of the IDC forum in exploring the international, and national, issues  
is appreciated.)

How This Book Is Organized

Chapter One: Our Purpose develops intellectual constructions that we  
use to fully explore what is now called “demand theory”[1].  Chapter  
Two, Shifting Paradigms and New Resources provides a complete  
overview of the entire book.  Chapter Three: The Nature of the  
Problem to be Addressed frames the difference between current  
educational policy and educational practice, and an alternative  
paradigm.  These three chapters make the argument that current work  
in educational psychology may be corrected and a new paradigm agreed on.

The effort is to bring best practices forward through a deep  
philosophical analysis and then to ground these practices in modern  
natural science.  We expect to create a demographic study of all  
outcomes related to mathematics education, and more generally to the  
processes through which an individual learns.  We will be selective  
in our choice of advanced knowledge management tools.  Statistical  
models, the mythology of artificial intelligence, and hidden negative  
behaviors will be exposed.  The new paradigm will be student centric,  
and controlled by the individual in a life long learning process.  We  
will celebrate the unique nature of each individual, and through this  
celebration we will allow the individual to again become the center  
of our political processes.

We use a knowledge of management type technology, based on  
substructural frameworks, as discussed in Chapter Four, Illustration  
Using a Focus Topic Framework and Chapter Five, Generalization and  
Application to Other Disciplines.  Chapter Six, Technical Discussions  
further develops technical issues.

The challenge we have in these three chapters is to motivate the use  
of current Virtual Worlds (VWs) based on consistent principles seen  
in the natural science. A new pedagogy and a knowledge representation  
approach is described that uses ontology formalisms.  The case is  
made that principles seen in natural organizational stratification  
inform us as to how a virtual public communication infrastructure  
might be developed.  We then propose to place very advanced knowledge  
management tools, such as those described at ReverseTwitter.com,  
under the hood of a next generation 3D simulation world  
infrastructure called educationWorlds.com.

The central conjecture is natural capacity for learning is strongly  
inhibited by the current mass education system in the United States.   
Movement to universal life long learning is provisioned by the  
pedagogy, the representations of curriculums and by infrastructure  
supporting the use of virtual classrooms with avatars.  A new  
pedagogy is based on rebuilding the capability as children  
matriculate in the current K-12 system.  The pedagogy has its roots  
in the R L Moore learning method[2] and in Prueitt’s study of  
cognitive neuroscience and systems theory[3].  The two traditions are  
merged in the form of a “lifting pedagogy”, as discussed in Chapter  

The conjecture is that an acquired learning disability is a natural  
and predictable consequence from education seen as a product to be  
supplied and consumed.  The perceptual system itself is interfered  
with as the humanities, science and mathematics are, often poorly,  
presented without acknowledging individual creativity and interests.  
We suggest that evidence for this conjecture is measurable, using  
methods from neuroscience, in the majority of Americans.  The results  
of decades of educational crisis affect our capacity to remain  
competitive in evolving global marketplaces.

Chapter Seven, The Lifting Pedagogy develops a next generation of  
real and virtual classrooms and web based processes and procedures,  
which are seen as both a remediation and an enhancement, working for  
the individual and society.  We may regain lost national capacity.    
Chapter Eight, Applied Research on Mechanisms Known to be involved in  
Learning, outlines the natural science and mathematics preliminary to  
the application of science to educational theory.

[1] Prueitt, Stephen (2011) “Systems Theory and Our Education System,  
submitted (July 5th 2011) for publication
[2] Parker, J (2005) R. L. Moore: Mathematician and Teacher  
(Mathematical Association of America)
[3] Prueitt, Paul Stephen (1988) Some techniques in mathematical  
modeling of complex biological systems exhibiting learning, PHD  
Thesis, in Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of Texas at  
Arlington Press
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