15 TED talks to re-think Education

In the 18th century, our ancestors had created an amazing education system which consists of schools, teachers and a rewarding system. Well the system was so good that it’s a very important part of life for all of us. Isn’t it ? Is it still as useful as it was in those days or it’s outdated ? I don’t know the answer for this question but there are ted talks which bring better ideas to concept of our education system and this article brings 15 of those awesome talks.

  1. Do schools kill creativity — KEN ROBINSON

Creativity is as important as literacy in education. To come up with something original, you have to be prepared to be wrong. By frightening children for being wrong with hundreds of rules and regulations , we are destroying their creative capacities and their passion to innovate something new. We need to rethink about what we teach in schools, subjects which we teach are not enough to fulfil interest of every children. We need to give importance to other fields like sports, dance, music, singing , etc as much importance as we give to Science and Mathematics.

If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original
All children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up — Picasso

2. Build a school in the cloud — SUGATA MITRA

Hole in wall experiment shows that children just love to learn, if given freedom to learn in their own way. Self learning children groups creates a perfect learning environment where children learn together from available resources as well teach to their peers. It generates discussion, thoughts and questions and this learning is not a one-directional but multidirectional, every child is teaching and learning from every other child.

3. Bring on the Learning Revolution — KEN ROBINSON

We have created our education model on linear manufacturing model, we need to transform it into a personalised learning model, where system is tailored according to needs and environment. The biggest reason children are losing interest from schools and colleges is the standard way we want to teach them, rather we need to turn this upside down to the way in which children want to learn.

4. Let’s use video to reinvent education — SALMAN KHAN

By recording lectures into good quality videos, we can make content not just for our current generation but our upcoming generations. Video and technology allows people to learn their way, they can pause and repeat at their own pace at their own time, which is not possible in case of physical teacher. We can change information delivery part done by teachers to videos which students can learn at their own. Teacher’s role is much important than just information delivery, their role is to support, interact with every student, listen to their problems and formulate a solution based on every student on individual basis, which is not possible if teachers spent majority of their time for information delivery rather than interacting and helping students.

By using the Video & Technology in education, we can more humanise the classrooms than they are right now.

5. How to escape education’s death valley — KEN ROBINSON

Three principles for flourishing life :

  1. Diversity
  2. Curiosity
  3. Creativity

We are all different and diverse and hence our interests, they why we are focusing on a very small set of fields to judge intelligence or success ? We should create equal importance of different fields so everyone can choose their own field of interest and excel in life. Curiosity is the fuel for self learning, once you put this fuel into minds of children, learning starts on automatically. Third factor is creativity, we need to embrace creativity in children’s rather than standardise work and success criteria.

The whole point of education is to get the people learn. Great teachers mentor, stimulate, provoke , engage.
Education in Finland : they individualise teaching and learning. They recognise, its the student who are learning and the system has to engage them, their curiosity, their individuality and their creativity. Thats how you get the child learn.

6. The Child-driven Education — SUGATA MITRA

Its difficult to provide good teachers to every remote place but its easy to provide self learning environments using technology where children can learn by themselves in groups. If we free children from fear of failure in exams and let them learn on their pace and in their way, they will learn with their interest and thats the way they will get good education.

Teach with method of grandmother: “stand behind them and admire them all the time “. Just stand behind them and say that’s cool , thats fantastic. What is that ? Can you do that again ?

7. Turning trash into toys for learning — ARVIND GUPTA

Education can be interesting, fun and easy to grasp if children are allowed to design or play using theoretical concepts taught in classrooms. This ted talk generates a thought on how we can use inexpensive or trash materials to make simple toys to enhance the learning experience of kids in schools.

8. What do babies think ? — ALISON GOPNIK

So the idea is that we have this early period when we’re completely protected. We don’t have to do anything. All we have to do is learn. babies and young children are like the research and development division of the human species.
To have open-mindedness, open learning, imagination, creativity, innovation, maybe at least some of the time we should be getting the adults to start thinking more like children.

9.Teaching one child at a time — SHUKLA BOSE

This talk answers to few our our well known myths :

  • Every Child who goes to school can read, write and do basic maths.
  • Parents from the slums are not interested in their children going to school
  • Children from the slums cannot integrate with mainstream
Creating an environment of learning, of inquiry, of exploration is what is true education.

10. What we’re learning from online education — DAPHNE KOLLER

With online education we can scale high quality education to millions of people across the countries and areas which was never possible to reach before without online education. Not only it provides flexibility to learn at one’s own pace and time, it creates opportunities for people of different cultures to interact, learn and discuss with each other.

Big breakthroughs are what happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary — Thomas Friedman
“College is a place where a professor’s lecture notes go straight to the students’ lecture notes, without passing through the brains of either.” — Mark Twain
We should spend less time at universities filling our students’ minds with content by lecturing at them, and more time igniting their creativity, their imagination and their problem-solving skills by actually talking with them.

11. A short intro to the studio school — GEOFF MULGAN

Studio Schools can be solution to bring a change in our schooling system, to make it more interesting, fun doing and actually useful for real world.

Large numbers of teenagers learn best by doing things, they learn best in teams and they learn best by doing things for real — all the opposite of what mainstream schooling actually does.
Children want to do things, they want to get their hands dirty, they want education to be for real.

12. Kids, take charge — KIRAN SETHI

If you empower children with “I can” attitude, amazing environment starts to build up, they not only learn themselves, they do good and start teaching others.

If learning is embedded in real-world context, that if you blur the boundaries between school and life, then children go through a journey of “aware,” where they can see the change, “enable,” be changed, and then “empower,” lead the change
When a city gives to the children, in the future the children will give back to the city

13. The best kindergarten you have ever seen — TAKAHARU TEZUKA

Children sleep better in noise. They don’t sleep in a quiet space. They are supposed to be outside. So that is how we should treat them.
Architecture is capable of changing this world, and people’s lives

14. Every kid needs a Champion — RITA PIERSON

No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. All learning is understanding relationships.
kids don’t learn from people they don’t like
Teaching and learning should bring joy. How powerful would our world be if we had kids who were not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion? Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

15. Teaching Design for Change — EMILY PILLOTON

Three different approaches to the intersection of design and education: Design for education, Redesigning education itself and Design as education
What design and building really offers to public education is a different kind of classroom. It makes the youth the biggest asset and the biggest untapped resource in imagining a new future

Any Ideas or thoughts ? share in comments and I would love to discuss.