I enjoy TED talks, especially those on education. Here is a playlist of a dozen interesting talks on the nature of schooling and how it could be done better. You’ll hear Dr. Ken Robinson’s classic talk on how institutional schools kill creativity, and from Sugata Mitra about a fascinating experiment he did in which inner city children in India taught themselves how to use a computer and other complex concepts. Enjoy!
- Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
- Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education
- Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud
- Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education
- Geoff Mulgan: A short intro to the Studio School
- Sugata Mitra: Kids can teach themselves
- Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom
- Dave Eggers: My wish: Once Upon a School
- Liz Coleman: A call to reinvent liberal arts education
- Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus!
- Kiran Sethi: Kids, take charge
- Patrick Awuah: How to educate leaders? Liberal arts
I don’t agree with every point or speaker, but there are many ideas here that are well worth considering, as well a few that are real stinkers. Which video is your favorite, and why?
In case you are intrigued by one of the talks, here are a few resources I found by some of these speakers:
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