SESSION 4: Richard Ruzscyk | The Machines Are Coming for Your Child's Future Job (and What You Can Do about It)
Founder of the wildly popular Art of Problem Solving, Richard Rusczyk walks us down the career path for our bright and quirky kids who only receive traditional math instruction in school. He shares his personal journey, his reason for nearly quitting, and the transformation that shifted his entire trajectory. He explains:
- What traditional math instruction is all about, and why it isn’t enough.
- How the Art of Problem Solving transforms the way we think about not just math problems, but any problem at all.
- How this translates to a successful, reliable career path.
- The social and emotional benefits of connecting with peers around shared interests, like in his Art of Problem Solving groups.
Art of Problem Solving was founded by Richard Rusczyk in 2003 to create interactive educational opportunities for avid math students. Richard is one of the co-authors of the Art of Problem Solving classic textbooks, author of Art of Problem Solving's Introduction to Algebra, Introduction to Geometry, and Precalculus textbooks, co-author of Art of Problem Solving's Intermediate Algebra and Prealgebra, one of the co-creators of the Mandelbrot Competition, and a past Director of the USA Mathematical Talent Search. He was a participant in National MATHCOUNTS, a three-time participant in the Math Olympiad Summer Program, and a USA Mathematical Olympiad winner (1989). He received the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions Paul Erdös Award in 2014. He graduated from Princeton University in 1993, and worked as a bond trader for D.E. Shaw & Company for four years. AoPS marks Richard's return to his vocation - educating motivated students.
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