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TED Talks Education

In early 2013, TED, WNET, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting teamed up to host an evening of talks on education.

Below are a couple of those talks. The rest can be viewed thru the TED Talks Education web page

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TED Talks Education

The main page for the evening of talks, including the list of speakers, all their talks, and a link to the PBS special.

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like." A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. We especially liked the segment about the student who received +2, not -18.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFnMTHhKdkw

Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

Psychologist and teacher Angela Lee Duckworth took a look at why some students fail and others succeed. The key factor turned out not to be things like I.Q., good looks or income, but grit. Students and teachers need to accept that the ability to learn is not fixed, but can change with effort (the Growth Mindset).

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H14bBuluwB8

Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson, in an entertaining talk, outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- students are diverse, curious and inherently creative -- and how the U.S. education culture works against them. His thesis is that we need individualize instruction, raise the status of teachers, and return control of the classroom to teachers and local schools.
And he's shows how it's been done.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX78iKhInsc

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