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Why is 2016 so special?

Why is 2016 so special?

Of course because of the upcoming presidential election; no matter what will happen, the history will be made.

But personally for me this year is special because I finally finalized J the projects I want to pursue, i.e. I finished the transition from various ideas to the vision of the final “product.”

When I came in the US I had no money, no network, no English, I was like a newborn. It took significant amount of time just to learn the language good enough to be able to teach. Then I had to learn my new educational environment – how people teach, what to expect from students, what do students expect from teachers. Then I had to learn what is happening in the science of teaching. Since ninety percent of my talking time has been limited to teaching physics, my vocabulary has been limited to the language revolving about teaching physics. Only by the end of 2015 my ideas of what do I want to do next became more or less crystallized (and my ability to express the ideas achieved acceptable level). 2016 is the year when I finally finished my thinking and started my doing.

There are five paths for a person to succeed.

1. One might be a genius. Things one does are so clearly unique and great that everyone sees it and accept it.

2. One might have a strong charisma. From my view it is an equivalent of being a genius in the field of convincing people to follow the one.

3. Spending years on a hard work gradually becoming more and more recognizable, eventually becoming a name (i.e. a brand of sort).

4. Being accepted in a team which already has a name and grow with the team.

5. One might have got lucky, e.g. win a lottery, or get married on an exceptional person, or be born reach, or bump into a very influential person and make a strong impression, etc.

I am not a genius.

I have no charisma.

I have spent years in Russia building my first career. I have spent years in the US building me second career. And I am willing to spend the rest of my life on building my third career, but I am afraid when I finish building it I will not have any time left to enjoy the results, simply because I will be dead.

Hence, I have been trying to become a member of a team. I have been speaking with different faculty and officials at different departments but so far I could not find anyone whose team would have interests similar to mine.

So, I needed to get lucky.

I needed to widen up the search for partners.

What the heck, what do I have to lose?

And I founded TeachOlogy Consulting, LLC.

I started publishing online posts using various platforms.

I started writing letters to people who might be receptive to unorthodox ideas.

My latest experiment is sending an application to

 

http://www.forbesconferences.com/event/2016-forbes-under-30-summit-boston/

For me it is a good opportunity to practice in making short and clear pitch of what I am offering.

For Forbes and its co-organizers it is a test on being able to see beyond the boundaries, even if those boundaries had been set by the Forbes.

I do not hide the fact that I am not 30 anymore - although, since I was reborn in 2002 technically  I could be considered as a fourteen years old J.

I will not compete for the prize; just want to make a presentation.

We’ll see what happens – life is unpredictable! (exactly like upcoming presidential election)

Below is an excerpt from my application.

General description:

Ultimately, what I try to do is helping teachers and school and district administrators to improve the efficiency of teaching. But my immediate goal is to attract attention to a fact that current research on education does not really help to improve education. I belong to a small group of scholars who state that currently there is no such thing as science of education - there are people conducting scientific activities, but the time has come to redirect many of those activities. To study the world of physics people has been spending billions of dollars to build specialized scientific facilities like the ISS, or the Hadron collider. It is time to develop research facilities to study the world of education.

 

My market; how did I asses it:

1. auditing the system for making decisions on issuing a grant to an educational institution - I am an expert and can help to significantly increase the effectiveness of decision making process

2. producing examples of objective, reliable, uniform, comparable data on learning outcomes. My assessment comes first from assessing skills and knowledge of my own students.

Competitors:

NSF, Department of Education

 

Difference from competitors:

No political or institutional affiliation, absolutely objective analysis, experience in immersing in many types of educational practices (including but not limited: physicists by trade, teacher by practice, researcher by choice, administrator by invitation)

 

Goal for the Summit:

Presentation at the event. I might go in the category "people who will never get an award but have strangely unusual project which, if succeeded, might lead to a significant disturbance in education".

 

My Motivation:

At least 30 % of high school graduates have a "fake" diploma because their actual knowledge is below 12th grade (based on my personal teaching experience). A science of education does not exist yet but badly needed in order to reform the way education is currently being reformed. The result will affect the poorest schools much more than schools of the other kind

 

Long term goals:

1. a school (http://www.teachology.xyz/chs.htm)

which is also

2. a research facility for conducting fundamental research in learning and teaching (http://www.teachology.xyz/TPO.html)

 

Path to achieving the goal:

1. Recognition.

2. Partnering with people having (a) vision, (b) critical view on current education, (c) influence

 

Why should you be chosen as a finalist? How will the investment help your organization expand its impact or accomplish its goal?

1. Why? - Read all I said above.

2. I am NOT competing for any monetary prize (in particular, because it still would be too small), I just want to present people a chance to see an approach to stirring education which is "perpendicular" to many commonly accepted views.

 

Why is your team the best team to help your business succeed?

Because I select everyone based on their beliefs about education.

 

Thirty second pitch video (10 Mb max)

https://youtu.be/-wUw9b8h7Sg

 

(I took me about two hours to make this 30 second video and fit it below 10 Mb!)

Below you find two judges evaluating my proposal.

First thing you notice is how opposite the judgment is.

While reading you can see that suddenly judges realized that I an older than thirty; they kept judging, but stopped wiring notes.

Criterion

Judge #1

Judge #2

Average

Identification of Problem

2

7

4.5

Identification of Market

2

5

3.5

Solution / Product

2

6

4

Financials / Funding

2

5

3.5

Feasibility / Traction

2

4

3

Team

2

6

4

Overall Impressions

2

5

3.5

Overall Score:

3.71

Criterion: Identification of Problem

Judge

Scores

Feedback

Judge #1

2

The business plan of TEACHOLOGY CONSULTING is very unclear. The pitch provided by Mr. Voroshilov is unclear and of questionable quality. His current website is of questionable quality. It also seems that he is well over the age of 30, based on his LinkedIn profile, which shows that he received his undergraduate degree in 1985. He seems to be aimed towards the betterment of education, but does not offer a sufficiently clear plan as to how he will do so.

Judge #2

7

N/A

Criterion: Identification of Market

Judge

Scores

Feedback

Judge #1

2

N/A

Judge #2

5

N/A

Criterion: Solution / Product

Judge

Scores

Feedback

Judge #1

2

N/A

Judge #2

6

N/A

Criterion: Financials / Funding

Judge

Scores

Feedback

Judge #1

2

N/A

Judge #2

5

N/A

Criterion: Feasibility / Traction

Judge

Scores

Feedback

Judge #1

2

N/A

Judge #2

4

N/A

Then I received an email from Forbs:

Of course I registered!

BTW: while waiting for the judges I prepared my presentation – just in case; you can see the slides here.

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