TED Talks Education Preview

John Legend hosts TED Talks Education, May 7, 2013 at 10/9c.

Hosted by musician and philanthropist John Legend, TED Talks Education features teachers and education advocates delivering short, high-impact talks on the theme of teaching and learning. Speakers include Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada, Rita F. Pierson and Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity expert and the most-watched TED Talk speaker on TED.com. Plus, John Legend gives a special performance.  Check local listings for repeat air dates.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Levi/100000679761879 Matt Levi

    Legend, Gates, and Canada represent the pro-testing, anti teaching arm of the education debate. Who wants to bet that Gates is paying for this production?

    • http://www.facebook.com/danalinnell Dana Jayne Linnell

      Even if that’s the case, Sir Ken Robinson is definitely not going to be advocating testing so the speeches won’t be one-sided.

  • a pinto

    Teaching: Art, Science & Technique

    To educate, from the Latin word “educare” means to “nourish”, “draw out” or “lead forth”. To what?

    Eclectic whim? {Or an accretion drawn out of varied opinions?)

    Or to lead us forth to knowledge {educing the unity of what

    is universally true – namely, in all the many arts and sciences}.

    Both techniques are employed by a teacher — from the Greek word “techne” meaning

    “done according to an archetype or model” — and these two ways of teaching above are

    thus called “methods” (for making either eclectic opinion-makers or knowledgeable scientists).

    Yet the real art of teaching is to cause the educating to be both “beautiful to behold” and “desirous”

    for the one seeking: namely, so that the mind is drawn away from mere opinions (since these by their

    very nature lack both the certitude of true knowledge and/or universality – the universality that is necessary

    for the unity of truth to be discovered in the midst of many similar yet somehow differently taught things}.

    To behold is to “contemplatively see” {and this is both certain and universally true when one sees

    (or self-concludes) the truth in any and all things which can only be best described as “illumination”.

    To desire is to “draw forth” to what is good — and hopefully to what is universally good, even The Good

    per se. And thus to educate in this good way, is to lead one forth to self-illumination — yet outside one’s

    own opinions unto what is universally true — even beyond the truly good teachers — to what is morally

    good in itself because there is a being beyond the classroom who makes all things to be Universally Good

    and precisely as Universally True. Who? Namely, The One, True, Beautiful, Good, Being Who Is Perfect

    Essence and Existence, Archetype and Exemplary Teacher, drawing forth all things and truths and people

    and opinions {right or wrong} universally so…

    Can anyone discover this being’s NAME?

    Yet before you answer this, should anyone be worthy enough to hold such a treasure of wisdom

    (and Named Truth) without also being drawn out in terms of their tested, personal, moral goodness?

    Is it not so that all moral lack of discipline will also yield to many mere opinions rather than the

    integrity of a unified truth in oneself? Or if there is yet some illumination in an otherwise dimly-

    moral student, will not the same character sit more as a “personally opining detraction” to the

    overall good itself in the classroom — and possibly to the integrity of the overall course of The

    True to be quite possibly rudely-expressed therein?

    Again, the good teacher should not only “lead forth” to all the above-named perfections noted

    that lead also to The Name Above (ultimately God’s Name) — and lead precisely as one “should”

    when teaching in a moral mode (namely unto The Good God Himself) — but also should the good

    teacher “lead away” from all that is “not good” (since truth is always about “being that is true” and/or

    “being that should be good” and never to the habit of its contrary).

    And this all remains true and universally so, no matter what otherwise is held in the student’s mere

    opinion of the same.

    Hence, as to the topic per se? Art is how beautifully good you are at teaching. Science is only the truth

    and the logic of “the what” and “the why” you are teaching. And technique is always “the form” and “the

    material” of the science and art you are hopefully making in an exemplary way…

    How? By thus teaching as stated. How again? By practicing the same. How to perfect it all?

    Allow yourself to be taught: Namely, by The One, True, Beautiful, Good, Being Who Is Perfect

    Essence and Existence, Archetype and Exemplary Teacher, drawing forth all things and truths

    and people with their opinions {Right science here or wrong?} universally so…

    Sounds like “God with us?”

    Well done! “God with us” is exactly what “Jeshua” in Hebrew denotes.

    Yet that is theology {i.e. Incarnational Reason} and is thus better elucidated in another place and time.

    • a pinto

      Nota Bene: I do not translate “God with us” differently from “Emmanu-El”. I am simply saying that “God with us” comes to us exactly as “Jeshua” which means “God Saves” {literally in the Hebrew}.

  • Patricia Mulholland

    Dear Mr. Gates and other distinguished speakers:

    Let’s be clear. If teahcers were treated as the critical professional they are — we would attract our best and brightest, instead of sending them off to Wall Street and investment banking. Pay them. Pay them much more. Honor their gifts and thier expertise, which will determine our ability to survive as a demorcracy and a culture. I am an educated professional – multiple degrees – struggling to stay in the diminishing middle class. Shame on us.

    Shame on us for the state we are in. Wonderful stories in this program…..but the whole picture is deeply concerning.

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