In the spirit of all these lists and contests, I'm happy to announce the Really Important Teaching Problems (RITP). These are some of the most difficult, knotty problems that teachers are grappling with in this new century. Work on these problems continues because of their importance and seriousness.
Successful solution of any of the RITP problems will be awarded with the following:
- A blog post about your solution
- One-million dollars
Attempts were made at succinct and direct statements of the problem. Problem were selected with input from our board of advisors. Without any further delay, I present to you the RITP problems:
- The (Much) Better Lesson Problem: Is it possible to use the internet to create a free curriculum of the highest quality?
- Khan's Conjecture: Can classroom learning be personalized to the stage that it performs as well as a high quality tutor?
- Meyer Theory : How close can a classroom teacher get to completely engaging every student with every topic?
- The Theoretical Problem: Can good math teaching be well-described, understood, and taught to new teachers?
So, get on it, everybody. I don't want to keep all this money for myself.