I’m a PhD program dropout, and that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing now. I spent 17 years in manufacturing engineering after dropping out — because it sure seemed more fun than finishing that PhD (sorry UCLA Physics Department). Yeah, you, ’82-’84. The world of work seemed SO much more interesting and rewarding than the world of academics and research that I experienced in school. I realized years later that I (and most my fellow grad students) had resorted to cramming information we didn’t understand.
So when they picked the other guy to be CEO at my Denver firm (yeah, you Monitor Labs), I quit and went to seek my calling in fixing education. But I was pre-aimed towards interactive video, and, fortunately, I found the leading edge on the planet in this area as applied to education almost right away.
I have 10 years of experience at MIND Research Institute, www.mindresearch.net, as President of the Education Division. MIND is a non-profit math software publisher and researcher. I bring the experience of dropping out (albeit when a little bit older than the typical teenager) and can I think to some extent empathize with children to whom basic math makes no sense. I bring the experience of the world of work, and what adds value (hint: visual problem-solvers).
I’m writing this blog, hopefully, to begin sparking a more mature conversation in education about powerful, effective, scalable, real-world solutions — in a domain that despairs of their very existence.
If you want to find out more, follow me @AndrewRCoulson or (more posts but still mostly me) @MIND_Research.