Category Archives: Education

The benefits of daily puzzles

Earlier we proposed that solving puzzles should be a school subject. A study by researchers at the University of Exeter shows that solving puzzles like crosswords on a daily base, strongly improves one’s cognitive abilities at old age. More precise: regular puzzle solving is linked to better memory and thinking skills.

This study supports our proposed policy of including puzzle solving in the curriculum of schools, as it suggests that this will improve overall intellectual skills and hence will likely have a positive effect on academic performances.

Daily crosswords linked to sharper brain in later life (Science Daily)

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Situational puzzles

According to classical republicans the main purpose of education is to prepare children for their future a citizens, i.e. full members of society. Lateral and critical thinking is the most important aspect of republican education, far more important than learning plain facts by heart. Without these skills a democratic republic cannot survive in the long run. Continue reading Situational puzzles

Encyclopaedia Mordana

Just some idea I have had for some years. Most countries and major languages, have their own “prestigious” encyclopedia. The Enclycopaedia Britannica is the most prominent English encyclopedia, though it has to endure firm competition from Wikipedia, the on-line free encyclopedia. The necessity of a reliable encyclopedia is obvious, especially in (public) education.

Despite the general high quality of the English Wikipedia, there’s a great reluctance to cite it as a reference among teachers and academics. Because of the open nature of this encyclopedia, its accuracy cannot be taken for granted. However, the popularity of Wikipedia, clearly shows there is a steady demand for its services.

Therefore I would propose that the governments of space settlements will set up their on-line high quality encyclopedia. Basically this Encyclopedia Mordana will be a hybrid of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and Wikipedia. Like the former it will have a professional staff of editors, who will take care of the quality of the encyclopedia. And like the latter, anyone may propose articles or amendments to existing articles, only these have to be approved by the responsible editors.

Wikipedia is funded by donations, whilst the on-line version of the EB was initially funded by advertising, but the publisher was soon forced to move the paid subscriptions. The Encyclopedia Mordana will be publicly funded by the department of public education, because of its explicitly educational purpose. Consequently everyone will be able to read the EM for free.