A proposal for a new paradigm.

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I’m in the process of completing my second decade in K-12 Education. One fact is clear. COVID is revealing all of the inadequacies of our societal systems, from Healthcare to Banking, Telecommunications to Bioengineering, and Economics to Education, to name a few. In the famous words of Jim Lovell of Apollo 13, “Houston, we have a problem.”

Let’s be clear, K-16 education in the United States is broken. It is a system that was built out of agricultural necessity at a time when manufacturing and religious belief had a huge influence on what schooling…

I’m often asked by parents of middle and high school students about the course trajectory that their children should take if they’d like to pursue a career in engineering, software development, mathematics, medicine or science. In the past, my response was automatic and described a pathway that always landed on Calculus in either the AB or BC flavors as capstone courses. In short, I no longer believe this is the right path, nor do I believe it to be the best way to prepare students for the world that awaits them in the future.

The world has changed. The pandemic…

Richard Charles, Ph.D. — Founder & Chief Data Scientist, Charles Analytics, LLC


For many years, my journey to becoming a mathematician was one filled with excitement for the subject, fear of never fully knowing that I could make it through the process and surprise at having very few examples of people who look like me reflected in the field. Why would people who look like me not want to pursue such a beautiful subject that was contrived out of human necessity and yet can reliably predict so many phenomena in the real world? It brought me to ask the question…

Care, Love, Hope

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I am in pain. I have never lived a life of fear, yet it is my reality. I fear for the lives of souls who didn’t know, who didn’t deserve. I fear for the lives of those on the front line, doctors, first-responders, nurses, grocers, truck drivers, pharmacists and maintenance workers and many others who deserve better. I fear for my family and friends. I fear for those who refuse to embrace our reality, grasping instead for the time that used to be, risking it all.

To go from a world where having choices gave a false…

Recent developments in the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 ( COVID-19) indicate that containment of the disease will be quite a challenge. Should the disease continue spread at an alarming rate, here are projections from a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). As of the writing of this article, there are six coronavirus deaths in Washington state. Lethal versions of the virus have been shown to span roughly six weeks. This means that the virus may have been undetected for that period of time. …

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One of my most memorable experiences during my college years was having an English professor who spoke entirely in complete sentences. There were no spoken sentence fragments, dangling thoughts or misuse of adjectives, verbs or nouns. When I first met him, I was stunned at his level of commitment to this principle. I often wondered how challenging this must be for him and whether or not the journey had instances where a thought started and had to be gracefully abandoned into a mundane compromise of a sentence. It was probably also difficult to not have the verbal equivalent of a…

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A recent morning show in Denver posed a math problem in the form of a math trick. It went as follows: “Pick a number, double it, and add six. Then divide by 2, then subtract your original number….you get 3.” A discussion ensued that reflected that there was something mystical about the trick. How is it that you always get 3? Does it work with fractions? And in general, how does it work? So I’ve decided to take on the job of explaining these types of problems so that the masses can appreciate how its done. …

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Having worked in the technology industry and K-12 education for the past 17 years, I am in awe of the many opportunities that teachers and students have, to engage in high-quality learning experiences through STEM education. Over the years, I’ve identified a list of key components in developing a successful, sustainable, world-class STEM program.

1. Establish a Clear Vision for STEM Education

STEM is an acronym that has been around for quite some time now and represents the subjects Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The choice of these subjects is anchored in the fact that innovation in most economies are centered around these content areas.

Richard Charles, Ph.D. — Founder & Chief Data Scientist, Charles Analytics, LLC

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My first computer was a Commodore Vic-20 in 1981. I bought the device because of this incredible urge to program in BASIC as a result of Mr. Ted Becker’s course on computer programming. I vaguely remember the leap from the pain-staking process of programming using punch cards to writing code and watching your program run immediately, once you resolved all of the syntax errors of course. Nonetheless, it was thrilling and addictive! …

Richard Charles, Ph.D. — Founder & Chief Data Scientist, Charles Analytics, LLC

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I’m frustrated! Being a Technophile poses several problems that seem to go unaddressed by leaders of the “Big Tech” firms. As the big firms such as Apple, Google and Samsung continue to develop impressively beautiful, technologically capable, faster and yes, addictive technologies, consumers are left with solving a very complex problem. That is, “how does one optimize the use and efficacy of their technology devices?” To answer this question, I must share with you that I have yet to solve the problem. However, my use of my desktop…

Richard Charles, Ph.D.

Chief Data Scientist of Charles Analytics, LLC in Colorado.

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