By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
I could browse TED Talks all day long. Some are funny. Some are jaw-dropping. But most every talk is inspiring and informative. If you’re interested in education, here are five TED Talks worth watching (or watching again if you’ve seen them already). Enjoy!
Note: If you don’t have time to watch them all now, please at least take a moment to watch Ken Robinson’s funny and insightful talk.
Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
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.
Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus!
Someone always asks the math teacher, “Am I going to use calculus in real life?” And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.
Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers — make it fun
High school science teacher Tyler DeWitt was ecstatic about a lesson plan on bacteria (how cool!) — and devastated when his students hated it. The problem was the textbook: it was impossible to understand. He delivers a rousing call for science teachers to ditch the jargon and extreme precision, and instead make science sing through stories and demonstrations.
Kiran Sethi: Kids, take charge
Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life’s most valuable lesson: “I can.” Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.
If you’re inspired, please share this with others. What’s your favorite TED Talk?