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James Zhang


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Ted should have their own private school

Ted already has online education and cool talks, why not try to build a public facility and create its own awesome curricula? It'll be Ted's own private school in Silicon Valley.

I figured the best way to improve public education imo, is not to take part in the public education system, but create a new system to set a good example. So why can't Ted do this? They already have http://ed.ted.com, you can say, ted is already sort of like a school, just in the under-development phase.

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    Aug 10 2012: Excellent idea it will be a very good alternative education system. And I think it will create better good, educated citizen who will come out of school and will serve different humanitarian causes.
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      Aug 11 2012: Not to mention Ted itself is located in Silicon Valley, where there are a ton of really smart people there to begin with.
  • Aug 11 2012: no
    school should be TED
    this is the best way to learn from each other.
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    Aug 10 2012: I fully agree with James Zhang TED should now move towards building an alternative school and colleges with different curricular as per the requirement of organisations so as to create a new generation of students studying and creating newer things for betterment of society. Its should not have fixed curricular or time frame for exams. Rather it should not be having any exam. There should be an evaluation procedure which include the student, other students, TED teachers and an independent scholar from other creative organisation and employers.So that when finally one TED student comes out of the school or colleges he or she will get jobs easily.
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    Aug 9 2012: I think running a school is really different from TED's "line of business."There is room in the spectrum of educating organizations for schools and for things that are not schools.
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      Aug 10 2012: I'm not really sure how Ted does things, I just thought there needs to be a school that creates that new standard.
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        Aug 10 2012: There are actually lots of schools, James, that create that "new standard." One of the flaws in the way education and schools are discussed in popular culture is that there is an assumption of homogeneity at some old, poorly functioning baseline. That simply is not the reality of schooling.

        In fact there are many innovatove and well-functioning schools staffed and led by educators who keep abreast of best-practices and contnuously try new ideas that may have value for the kids in them.
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          Aug 11 2012: Hmm, so then why aren't those practices being instilled in mainstream?