Why education system should not simply teach solutions, but the fundamental problem solving skills.

(Illustrated using a story of how I taught my kid to make 10 year calendar using less than 10 Pages)

Why we should not teach simply the solutions to the problems, instead teach kids the fundamental problem solving skills?

How to create 10 year calendar with less that 10 pages?

Wondering how these two questions are related?

I will share how I taught my 7 year old daughter to make 10 year calendar with less than 10 pages. Then, I will answer why we should not teach simply the solutions to problems by explaining reasoning behind my teaching approach.

I will also discuss few fundamental skills our education system should teach and what can we change in Math education.

How I taught creating 10 year calendar with less than pages?

The conversation I had with my daughter.

I: How long is one year’s calendar ?

Daughter : There are 12 months. So It will be 12 pages.

I: How long will be a 10 year’s calendar ?

Daughter: Hmm.. that is 10 times 12, so it will be 120 pages.

I: But, we can make 10 year calendar in less than 10 pages.

Daughter: (with excitement) How?

I: To do that, we need to do a calendar research to identify patterns.

Daughter: How can I do that?

I: I will show you how


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Your One Word The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That Matter?

Insights from Evan Carmichael’s Book

About the Book

This book will help give you the momentum, guidance, and confidence you need to build a business and life you can be proud of. This book is aimed at entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs, managers, and anyone else who wants to achieve success in a powerfully meaningful way.

This book will help you identify your one word — the word that captures your purpose and passion and teaches you how to build your business around that one word.

Key message of the book

There is One Word that connects all the things in your life that make you come alive. Your One Word is your core. Identifying your one word gives you several benefits such as:


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Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact?

Insights from book The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

About the book

We all have experienced wonderful moments in our lives that stand out in our memory. This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience and tries to answer the question “Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, and forget the rest?”

This book will help us create meaningful experiences to

  • To Enrich our life.
  • To connect with others.
  • To make beautiful memories.
  • To improve experience of customers or patients or employes.

Some examples of how this can be useful in our practical lives:

  • What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember twenty years later?
  • What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers?
  • What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children?

Key Message of the Book


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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

About the book

This is the book written by Scott Adams, creator of a famous comic strip Dilbert. Scott Adams had failed at many things, but still achieved great success. In this book, Scott tells the semi-entertaining tale of how did he go from a series of failures to a successful cartoonist. He shares many good strategies that we can apply in our life to be healthy , happy and successful.

Key Messages of the book


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How can you create flexible enums with different behaviors and associated values?

Enums are great to group objects with similar behavior. They are also efficient because only one instance of them will get created. However, it’s hard to implement enums for classes that has slightly different behaviors. Let me illustrate with an example.

Example: Stats Calculator

Let’s say we want write a Stats Calculator to compute mathematical statistics for list of values for eg. SUM, COUNT, AVG, QUANTILES . Let’s first define an interface.


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