Dongchan Lee is the creator of the USL x.x series, mini-USL x.x series, and currently pushing forward the MMU1 (Mini Mini USL1).
Origianally, his academic background was for Mathematics and Physics. His interest kept on changing while he was studying because his interest for the music, poetry, filmmaking, and the global crises and the critical global issues, etc. took over. While he was pursuing some creative and artistic career paths, he used to tutor in NY, NJ areas and during his tutoring math, physics, science, philosophy, etc., he discovered that he had a very unusual knack to make almost every student far faster than usual, which eventually led him to pursue the USL (Unified Super Learning) series. So far he has focused for the school math from the grades 2-12 for the USL, but his primary focus is first the grade 2-9 for now, especially the grades 3-5 because this is the critical time to radically reduce the math poverty.
Although Lee has focused most of his attention about the issues related to the USL series to make a massive global movement, he used to be a writer (as he can improvise poetry anytime anywhere), composer (as he can improvise hours) and filmmaker (which have been always improvisational) before the mission for the USL took over. He wrote thousands of poems, over 15 full length feature screenplays and a dozen stage plays. At least for the first draft, he never spends more than 15-20 hours for 2 hour feature length movie scripts for all his screenplays. This is reflected in all his USL and MMU1 pilot studies. They always have been improvisational. He doesn’t believe in the traditional education pedagogy at all. Never.
Math and Science Education innovator at a scale far beyond anything else (as far as he knows)
- USL (original): to make the entire grades 1-12 math for the students with the average intelligence to learn in 3-5 months without studying harder at all. This scared everybody off and got huge resistances; so Lee completely abandoned the original USL. This was tested in Mexico and Guatemala between the grades 2-11 for both public and private schools for over 1,000 student participations of 8 schools.
- MMU 0.5-1 (current): Mini Mini USL uses only 4-8% of Lee’s capacity just to end the math poverty; to empower the math worst half (25 percentile) to the math best half (75 percentile) regardless for the Latin American students, or the poor districts of the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, or the top 5 math nations from the Eastern Asia.
National & state TV interviews with Dongchan Lee
with the Guatemala national and the state TV channel(s)
solo piano improvisations by Dongchan Lee
He is a music composer and occasionally during his travels, he recorded his solo piano improvisations. Some of the examples are given here below. He played on these old, a bit out of tune pianos and the piano at Rabbithole Art studie at Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY, USA had 3-4 notes that didn’t produce any sound at all and I had to be quite careful during my improvisations.
In front of a desk top piano of a host house in Puebla, Mexico 2013.
Working Paper series 1: Math Stagnation Nations & their colossal economic impacts at a scale the traditional Ivy League economist won’t dare touch … (available online).
After postponing his online releases of Working Paper series about Economics and Education for 2 years, he started releasing some since January of 2017. The first release series is called WP (Working Paper) series: Math Stagnation Nations. His main focus here is on the OECD or developed countries as well as the Latin American countries where the current math growth stagnations seem to be severe in most cases. You can find the updated links on this page about Math Stagnation Nations series. For now, he basically completed his analyses on the USA’s math stagnations and soon updating the visual data for most of the OECD and Latin American countries. For the USA, he presented the severity in the national, state, and the big city levels. He also released the rough estimations on the economic impacts of these math stagnations across.
“To end math poverty means to end the poverty itself” – Dongchan Lee –
But how? He believes that he is the best person on earth to do this job. He believes that he can achieve this next 5-10 years for the entire world if the quick and rapid supports from the Ministries or Departments of the Education from around the world can be formed in timely manner.
What is his first step? MMU1 in which he want to run 100% online-based math education with which he will rapidly boost the math poverty (25 percentile of the student population) to the math prosperity (about 75 percentile of the population). In most OECD countries and the Latin America for instance, it will take at least 50-100-200 years to achieve nationwide. If there are supports, he can make this happen in 2-3 years for cities or states, 3-4 years for a normal size country. You can see some short Executive Summaries about MMU1 here. Just click.
For the economic impacts based on the world renown economists, Hanushek & Woessmann, even 1/3-1/4 of this can have the following economic impacts on the US states for which you can click here (Remember that Lee believes that they are very underestimating the economic impacts and if the MMU1 is implemented, the actual rise will be at least 50-100% more than what you see in the charts for each of the USA state).
Some of the short films that Dongchan Lee wrote, directed, produced and composed the original sound tracks
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