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Start Off As A Builder Of Fires

Kate Gale | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Kate Gale

When my son was in the fourth grade, his class did a short version of Romeo and Juliet. I don't know why that play was decided on for the fourth grade, but I believe his teacher was a romantic and liked the idea of little kids acting out this play of love and glory.

Racing Up The Down-Moving Escalator

Gregory Kristof | Posted 02.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Gregory Kristof

Sir Ken Robinson notes the universal but rarely acknowledged hierarchy of the subjects, in which math is esteemed most, followed by the sciences and then the humanities, and the theatrical arts the least. Hierarchies, however, crush creativity.

Schools That Foster Creativity

Dr. R. Keith Sawyer | Posted 02.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. R. Keith Sawyer

Many of us imagine that creativity involves a sudden flash of insight; that it comes as a gift, without much effort; and we believe that expertise and learning blocks creativity. But these beliefs are just myths.

After We Avert That Cliff, Let's Create a Nation of Innovators: A Plea for Secretary Duncan

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 02.06.2013 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's time to start measuring educational success by aligning financial resources with performance expectations. "True" educational return on investment (ROI) deserves our undivided attention.

NEC in China -- It's All About Relationships

Tony Woodcock | Posted 02.06.2013 | College
Tony Woodcock

On this visit, I was once again astounded by the Chinese embrace of Western music. Consider these statistics: Thirty years after the end of the Cultural Revolution when western music was banned, approximately 40 million people are studying piano and 10 million studying violin.

The Learning Revolution, Circa 2012

Sam Chaltain | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Sam Chaltain

Sir Ken's talk is a reminder that people everywhere recognize that there is no issue more important to our future than the education of our newest generations. And his message, fittingly, is that we are the people we've been waiting for all along.

Tearing Down Classroom Walls

Greg Anrig | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Greg Anrig

Research demonstrates that the aspirations for schools that Sir Ken Robinson sets forward in his TEDTalk are by no means unattainable. Unfortunately, the vast majority of schools -- private as well as public -- still adhere to the traditional industrial model that relies on self-contained classrooms.

Society Is Killing Schools' Ability To Encourage Creativity

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Brian Rosenberg

It's easy and tempting to blame teachers or unions or professors for the problems in education, but the reality is that here -- as in the political institutions about which we so passionately complain -- we get what we deserve, or rather, we get the natural result of the choices we make.

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Sir Ken Robinson

2012-12-06-kenrobinsonpullWe're all born with deep natural capacities for creativity, and systems of mass education tend to suppress them. It is increasingly urgent to cultivate these capacities and to rethink the dominant approaches to education to make sure that we do.

Health Care + IT: A Brave New World

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 02.05.2013 | Technology
Eduardo Garcia

Over the past couple of years, a lot of attention has been placed on our health care system. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services projects t...

Teach To Each Child's Intelligence

Thomas Fisher | Posted 02.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Thomas Fisher

Why do we make so many students wait until the last couple of years of college to finally find pleasure in learning? Why can't primary and secondary schools follow the model of colleges and teach to the intelligence of their students?

Teaching Kids the Importance of Giving

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

It is deeply rooted in our culture that children expect to receive gifts at this time of year. But how do we also teach our children the important value of giving? How do we impart values, like compassion and charity?

Making an Impact in Chicago Public Schools

Jenny Methling | Posted 02.05.2013 | Chicago
Jenny Methling

There is really no better way to describe the experience than saying it's super cool -- plain and simple. I spend two hours with these students every week, but it's amazing what they remember and how serious they take it.

Heart of the Storm (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 02.05.2013 | Good News
Bus 52

Spending nine days on a 52-foot-long sail boat might seem like an exotic adventure accessible to few children but Heart of the Storm is giving teenage...

Controversial Partnerships Undermined By Group's Past 'Kill'

Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

By Sarah Pavlus University of Phoenix fought against community college expansion For-profit university lobbied against community college bac...

Joy Resmovits

National Vocabulary Test Sheds Light On Reading 'Crisis', Experts Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.06.2012 | Education

If you can identify the meaning of the word "prospered" within a passage, chances are you know more vocabulary than most American high school seniors....

2013 Living: Austerity With Double-Dip Frugality

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Money
Marian Salzman

Americans are deleveraging to reduce their debts to manageable levels. What will they do once they get debt to relatively manageable levels, predicted for around mid-2013?

Why Social Courage Should Be Taught in the Classroom

David Allyn | Posted 02.04.2013 | Education
David Allyn

In our modern world, it's social courage that gives us the advantage. Unfortunately it is not a skill that is taught deliberately in schools.

Just Tell Me What to Write About

Dan Butin | Posted 02.04.2013 | College
Dan Butin

You cannot be a teacher, I say to my students, if you cannot find your passion. You cannot teach others if you do not have the motivation to teach yourself. If your education is just jumping through hoops, then your own teaching will perpetuate the same.

Rethinking How We Talk About the Bully: Defusing the Arch-Enemy of the Interconnected 21st Century

Russell C. Smith | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

The web has exposed humanity's most damaging tendencies to engage in cruelty and dehumanization.

Homeschooling and Working: Could it Work for You?

Women & Co | Posted 02.04.2013 | Parents
Women & Co

Think of homeschooling families, and you probably envision more traditional households where one parent (often Mom) stays home in order to do teaching duties. But, while many homeschooling families fit this image, not all do.

The NCLB Reauthorization We Should Be Doing Now

Alexander Russo | Posted 02.04.2013 | Education
Alexander Russo

As the lame duck Congress wraps up and energy builds towards a new Congress and a second Obama term in office, I can't help but wishing that reauthorizing No Child Left Behind was something that was on everyone's first order of business for January and February.

Top Ed-Tech Companies Gather at the 2012 SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum

Tanyella Evans | Posted 12.05.2012 | Technology
Tanyella Evans

The software captured the rhythm and cadence of the sentences it read, and sounded scarily similar to my fourth-grade teacher (which I guess is modern progress).

The Delhi 14

Gordon Brown | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

Just 72 hours ago in the Indian capital of Delhi 14 children were freed from slave labour. They were being held in dark, insanitary conditions and forced to work for up to 15 hours a day making Christmas decorations.

Punishable by Death: The Quest for Literacy

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Access to education and literacy rights continue to be a matter of concern across the globe as non-compliant countries continue to use non-education as a tool to subjugate large percentages of the population.