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Sarah Shewey

CEO/Founder, Happily


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How can we empower kids to reshape the education system? *A TEDActive Education Project Question*


The TEDActive Education Project will explore how children can make an impact on the education system. We hope to come out of this project with fresh ideas for ways kids can start an education revolution.

At TEDActive2011 in Palm Springs, an amazing group of individuals came together as a group to come up with a simple micro-action solution for empowering kids to be a part of the education reform conversations. After a quick 36 hour period of time, the team made a website that allows students to upload videos of their ideas on education reform.

You can empower a student to share their voice at http://elev8ed.org.

Also, please share your own ideas here, or by starting a new conversation tagged with TEDActiveEDU so we can all follow.


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  • Apr 6 2011: The entire premise of this question goes a long way in explaining just how abysmal general education has become over these last 40 years or so. We have handed the teaching of our children over to intellectually incompetent, entitlement-minded ,hand-wringing cultural liberals whose values and mentality have gone a long way to constructing the very system they now find fault with ,because they know it has failed miserably. I ask everyone to examine the"solutions" they are always advancing."Empowering" the students to"reshape" education. That statement alone wins this week's 'living in an alternate universe' award.
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      Apr 6 2011: Exactly,

      We are not considering alternatives ever, we are simply building on an ancient idea.

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