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What We Can Learn From Educational Reform in China

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 02.18.2013 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

Surely, no one would contend that educational results in Shanghai are representative of China as a whole, but the results do show what China can achieve if the conditions are right.

Syrian Children: Responding to the Face of Adversity

Jesse Eaves | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Jesse Eaves

"I saw my cousin dying in front of me, so I always see this scene in front of my eyes." Hearing an adult say these words would be chilling enough. To hear them come from an 8-year-old is a nightmare.

A Vegetarian Chef's Struggles

Ron Pickarski | Posted 02.18.2013 | Taste
Ron Pickarski

Gerald Lieberman wrote, "Vegetarian: A person who eats only side dishes," in reference to dining out at restaurants. And if you are a vegetarian, you know what he means.

The Science Behind Speaker-Making

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Ashley Williams Are you trying to get new speakers in your car but they’re too expensive? Have you ever considered making your own? It&rsquo...

The Ultimate Success Story... From Venezuela

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Where will the next classical music sensation come from? To keep things interesting, I hope it will be another unexpected corner of the world.

Getting Teacher Development Right

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

The transformation of today's teaching force requires smarter development of professionals. The significant rewards that come with better educational outcomes show that getting this right is worth it.

After Newtown, Teachers Are the New Heroes

Andrew Lam | Posted 12.18.2012 | Education
Andrew Lam

Indeed, if TIME magazine were to pick its Persons of the Year, it is hard to imagine that Victoria Soto and Dawn Hochsprung would not make the cut.

The Biggest Challenges for Students of Design

Soren Petersen | Posted 02.17.2013 | College
Soren Petersen

Creating a new idea and turning it into a product people need, want, or desire is part of a designer's normal workday. Acquiring the skills and eventually becoming an expert in designing products is a lifelong challenge and this crucial foundation is built in our design schools.

Off the Playground of Civil Society

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Harry Boyte

Such ideas may seem academic. But in fact the idea of civil society illustrates the power of framing concepts to structure resources, define the meaning of citizenship, and organize education.

The Real Cost of Gov. Rick Scott's Education Proposal

Pamela Newton | Posted 02.17.2013 | College
Pamela Newton

Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida has floated the idea of charging lower tuition for state college students who major in so-called "business-friendly" disciplines.

School Is Sacred

Lori Ungemah | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Lori Ungemah

A school is the ultimate place to carry out an act of terror because it symbolizes the deepest elements of what is still good in our society. It symbolizes our beginnings. It symbolizes our future. It symbolizes our dreams.

One Year Out

Kane Sarhan | Posted 02.17.2013 | Small Business
Kane Sarhan

It has been just over a year since I made the jump and started Enstitute. We've had a hell of a year. We've done a lot of things right. We've done even more things wrong. Most importantly, I've learned a lot this year.

A Smart Investment: Skilled Early Childhood Workforce

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Elaine Weiss

At a time of fiscal uncertainty and the need to reexamine our public investment priorities, investments by government and public-private partnerships in the early childhood education workforce are a smart choice.

On the Front Lines: The Everyday Bravery of Teachers

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

While we remember Soto, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, Mary Sherlach, Lauren Rousseau, Anne Marie Murphy, and Rachel Davino, let's also remember the teachers in our lives who put on brave faces every day -- in exhaustion, in weakness, in tragedies personal and global -- to put our children first.

The Things You Almost Didn't Do

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Wendy Fontaine

Angie forgot every one of her lines, but when the first few beats of "Thriller" came over the sound system, she became a different person. She slipped dark sunglasses over her eyes, jerked her head like a zombie coming back to life and strutted across the stage.

Finding Our Way Back to First

John M. Burns | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
John M. Burns

Out of the shadows of Brown v. Board of Education, which led to the greatest educational reform of our nation's history, the NAACP has again stepped into the ring to take on the formidable foe of education inequality.

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker: Serendipity in the Creative Process

Anna Clark | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Anna Clark

Any time we embark on the creative process, there may be joy and there may be pain, but there is always a journey. Our task today is to teach our kids to recognize that success is not a guarantee, but a byproduct of the journey itself.

I Don't Buy It

Dan Butin | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Dan Butin

We professors all too often believe that this is our job; to profess. Perhaps. But to be clear, this is not teaching. Let's at least call it what it is: the attempted transfer of information from one container into another. But that's a really problematic way to think about the classroom experience.

On Gun Laws and the Tragedy of Sandy Hook

Leo Pierson | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Leo Pierson

We have shed tears for those children and for their families and loved ones. My stomach twists in anger as I think, "Couldn't this have been prevented?"

How a Car Taught Science to Tenth Graders

Dan Whisler | Posted 02.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Dan Whisler

When I started teaching, I never would have thought that an automobile could become my classroom of the future. While at times it is hectic securing funding for our project and developing the resources and curriculum to go with it, I am happy to provide our students real-world opportunities not possible through any textbook.

What Kids Need Most

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 02.09.2013 | Education
Brian D. Cohen

Yesterday, I got a Facebook message from a student I taught 25 years ago, saying "Perhaps you don't remember what it is I need to apologize for, and a...

The Rigor of Creativity

Thomas Fisher | Posted 02.13.2013 | TED Weekends
Thomas Fisher

Creativity involves the intentional, systematic, and rigorous miscombination of what we know in order to generate something new. Because having too many variables makes the process hard to control, most creative people frequently change just one or two aspects of something.

TIMSS, Time Travel and the State of STEM

Linda Rosen | Posted 02.12.2013 | Education
Linda Rosen

I woke up to Tuesday morning's TIMSS 2011 results with an acute sense of déjà vu. There are some things that haven't changed very much since SIMS: expectations of students are still too low; time in class is often not used very effectively; teaching is not yet viewed as a prestigious profession.

Who Is the Real You?

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 12.11.2012 | TED Weekends
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. Who is the real you? Do people admire you for what you possess or for who you are? A number of years ago,...

Two Year Colleges Are the Bridges

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2013 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

The least college ready students deserve the means to secure a bright and rewarding future for themselves just as much as the most college ready students do. We don't just build the bridges -- we ARE the bridge.