Mirroring this from the Temasek Review and her original Facebook note. While this is a tad long, this 16yo girl’s thinking and writing far exceeds what we’d expect even from many adults today (she’s a “freak of nature” in that aspect alright). I know she exceeded mine, I had the same thoughts only eventually when I was in university
Hope her letter gets read by her intended audience, and more. But I’m not too sure how much to expect of a reply, or of its contents…only time will tell.
Math (and its education) has always been a topic of great interest to me, since it’s the underlying workings of so many things we encounter out in the real world. In his TEDTalk, Conrad Wolfram (who runs Wolfram Research) argues for the case of keeping math education in line with the times: using computers to do the calculations as we usually do in real world applications, and focusing education on understanding the underlying concepts mainly. The comments sure add a whole lot more depth to the topic at hand, be sure to take a look at them too!
A research paper published under Microsoft Research by Cormac Herley, on why users reject much/most/all of the security education and advice given nowadays by security researchers and professionals alike.
Here’re the links to the page, PDF [original] [mirror] and Google Docs viewer. What’s below are just my summaries (of the paper) and thoughts on this, if it’s of any interest anyway.