The lessons today’s educators choose to emphasize will be the lessons that either inspire or dampen our generation's intellectual curiosity.
So when English classes started teaching FCAT prep instead of self-expression, and math classes focused on logarithmic graphing instead of problem-solving, some big-picture thinkers began to furrow their brows with worry.
That includes the folks over at TED.
TED, a nonprofit whose YouTube channel has over 2 million subscribers, stands for “Technology, Entertainment and Design,” and it provides the world with knowledge that would be otherwise inaccessible.
Now, however, TED’s challenge goes beyond delivering information to as many people as possible; it is inspiring students to think outside the classroom and to consider and value ideas with a more global perspective.
In order to combat the school system’s deficiencies, TED introduced TED-Ed Clubs in January. TED-Ed Clubs is a school-based companion to TED’s hallmark program, TED Talks, that supports active discussion among students with the goal of inspiring them to pursue and present their big ideas in the form of short TED-style talks.