5 Insightful TED Talks About Modern Education

Modern Education on TED Talks

Modern education is just one of a long list of topics that TED talks cover, but TED speakers cover it from many different directions.

TED is a nonprofit group of professionals dedicated to spreading information and intelligence on a wide range of topics. TED talks are fascinating, insightful, amusing or thought-provoking, but these short lectures or discussions are always worth watching. Modern education is just one of a long list of topics that TED talks cover, but TED speakers cover it from many different directions. From new directions in teaching mathematics to radical theories on the concept of teaching itself, TED talks will spark discussion and thought.

Arthur Benjamin on Teaching Math

While most students are correct when they complain that they’ll never use calculus in real life after high school, mathematician Arthur Benjamin proposes a way to teach math that’s relevant to real life in the digital age. He proposes that statistics, the mathematics of games and gambling, hold more meaning to our lives than abstract concepts. Benjamin holds that probability and statistics will be the important math skills needed in our future.

May Jemison on Teaching Arts and Sciences

Astronaut, doctor and art collector May Jemison calls on her own personal experiences in space as well as on earth to show educators the value of teaching arts and sciences together. She posits that teaching intuition and logic at the same time will create bold and imaginative thinkers. Many people are resistant to the idea of logic and creativity being taught as the same subject, and Jemison sets out to prove the value of this method.

Ken Robinson on Changing Educational Paradigms

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson begins by challenging the education system itself, taking issue with the way we teach in modern schools. He claims there is a link between rising ADHD, the rising dropout rate in high schools and modern school systems’ dwindling interest in the arts. Robinson states that we need a new and radical reorganizing of our entire method of teaching and school systems in order to create a new generation of deep and imaginative thinkers encompassing many different types of intelligence.

Sugata Mitra on Child-Driven Education

Sugata Mitra discusses a now-famous experiment with children in New Delhi in 1999. These children were totally deprived of educational opportunities. These children were given simple laptop computers and left alone. The children not only learned to use the computers, they learned different topics and set out to teach all the other members of the group the topics they’d learned. Mitra suggests that kids can and will teach other kids, and wonders how we can use this fact in our modern education system.

Salman Khan on Using Video to Teach

Salman Khan, who created the famous Khan academy, suggests that we flip the traditional concept of teaching totally upside down. He demonstrates why his method of sending students home with video lectures, and then spending time with them in the classroom doing the “homework,” is a more effective and valuable teaching method. Salman Khan shows the power of interactive learning, instead of passive rote memorization.



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Dan Banks is a school administrator and guest author at BestMastersinEducation.com, where he contributed to the Top 10 TED Talks on Education.

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