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Author: Andrew Paulsen 柏安尚

Andrew Paulsen 柏安尚
Andrew Paulsen is a Senior Advisor with Agile Mind, an organization that is looking to transform the teaching and learning of mathematics and science throughout the United States. Paulsen was previously an instruction coach and math teacher at East Side High School, the largest comprehensive high school in Newark, New Jersey. Paulsen also taught adjudicated adults in prison through the Petey Greene Program and served as the Academic Coordinator for Hockey in New Jersey. Originally from Levittown, New York, he received his B.A. from Marist College, his Master’s in educational management & policy from Seton Hall University, and his Ed.M. in public school leadership from Columbia University. Paulsen is currently pursuing his doctorate at Vanderbilt University.

Transforming Mathematics Education in the U.S. through Eastern Pedagogy and Policy

“Every so often someone asks me: ‘What’s your favorite country, other than your own?’ I’ve always had the same answer: Taiwan. ‘Taiwan? Why Taiwan?’ people ask. Very simple: Because Taiwan is a barren rock in a typhoon-laden sea with no natural resources to live off of—it even has to import sand and gravel from China for construction—yet it has the fourth-largest financial reserves in the world. Because rather than digging in the ground and mining whatever comes up, Taiwan has mined its 23 million people, their talent, energy and intelligence—men and women. I always tell my friends in Taiwan: You’re the luckiest people in the world. How did you get so lucky? You have no oil, no iron ore, no forests, no diamonds, no gold, just a few small deposits of coal and natural gas—and because of that you developed the habits and culture of honing your people’s skills, which turns out to be the most valuable and only truly renewable resource in the world today… Sure, it’s great to have oil, gas and diamonds; they can buy jobs. But they’ll weaken your society in the long run unless they’re used to build schools and a culture of lifelong learning.” -Thomas Friedman, The New York Times,

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