If you’re unfamiliar with TED Talks, you’re in for a treat. TED, an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design, is a non-profit devoted to ideas worth spreading. The conferences host speakers covering a wide range of topics related to science and culture. Watch our top 5 picks for TED talks about education.
Five Education TED Talks To Watch
1. Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?
One of our Modern Educators of the week (read more in the blog post here), Sir Ken Robinson gave one of the highest-viewed TED talks, with over 5 million views on YouTube.
Stand-out quote: “My contention is that all kids have tremendous talents and we squander them, ruthlessly.”
2. Bill Gates: Teachers Need Real Feedback
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and a committed philanthropist, discusses how teachers can significantly improve with smart feedback.
Stand-out quote: “Unfortunately, there’s one group of people who get almost no systematic feedback to help them do their jobs better. And these people have one of the most important jobs in the world. I’m talking about teachers.”
3. Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs A Champion
Rita Pierson is an educator of over 40 years who believes that a strong connection between a teacher and student is powerful — and imperative.
Stand-out quote: “How powerful would our world be if we had kids who were not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion. Every child deserves a champion: adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”
4. Dave Eggers: My Wish – Once Upon A School
Dave Eggers is a writer and the founder of 826 Valencia, a San Francisco-based writing and tutoring lab for young people. In this TED talk, he urges his listeners to engage with their local schools to provide one-on-one attention to young creatives.
Stand-out quote: “There was no stigma. First of all, it was a Pirate supply store which is insane, and secondly there is a publishing company in the back.”
5. Liz Coleman: A Call to Reinvent Liberal Arts Education
Liz Coleman, the president of Bennington College, called for radical reform in higher education.
Stand-out quote: “In truth, liberal arts no longer exists.”
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