Education and TED Talks

Dear Parents and Students,

I wish I had seen these before my children went to school. They are now ages 26 to 36.

There has been a lot of confusion about what our students need. I found these two videos to be very informative. I hope you enjoy them.


Bob Athayde (a struggling Math and English student)

P.S. If you disagree with the concepts presented, I'm glad to talk with you. I enjoy all of us working to improve Education. BTW, I sent this only to my students and parents.



Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to raise successful kids -- without over-parenting

14:16 minutes · Filmed Nov 2015 · Posted Sep 2016 · TED Talks Live

By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives ... parents aren't actually helping. At least, that's how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford makes the case for parents to stop defining their children's success via grades and test scores -- and suggests two vital things to focus on instead.

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Sal Khan: Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores

10:49 minutes · Filmed Nov 2015 · Posted Sep 2016 · TED Talks Live

Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven't always grasped the basics? The founder of online Khan Academy, Sal Khan shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace. (This talk is from the upcoming special TED Talks: Education Revolution, which premieres Tuesday, September 13 on PBS stations.)

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