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TED Talks Education: The PBS special

Earlier this week on PBS: TED Talks Education, our first original televised event!

We're absolutely delighted with how the show turned out. Rita Pierson, Geoffrey Canada, Bill Gates and Sir Ken Robinson brought the house down with powerful talks, and host John Legend was truly inspirational.

The show is now available globally on the PBS website (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ted-talks-education/) and, starting at 11am (EST), we'll be posting full-length versions of the talks from the show on TED.com. Several of them clock in at 18 minutes.

But enough about us. What questions and thoughts did the show bring to mind for you? Use this space to discuss.

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    May 8 2013: I am a huge fan of TED and feel they are vital in demonstrating that we all must become students as well as teachers in our modern world no matter our age or education. I have been working in this field for over two decades and sometimes I wonder why I keep fighting a system that seems so broken and unwilling to change however I sometimes forget and get reminded how important is the battle and how high the stakes are. I would like to say how much I enjoyed the evening event and could think of a better topic to kick off our first national televised TED event yet also state that the needs of rural america continues to be overlooked as does the high numbers of students who drop out of higher education with debt that is carried for a lifetime. Education is a lifelong pursuit that becomes close to impossible after one turns 18. There is a crisis in higher education as well as K12 with opportunities lost and society losing a enriched community that is required to support educating all of the young people in it. Adults must change first before children can follow our examples. We can not expect to educate a nation without increased funding, top people teaching, respect for all members of society and the various vocations they undertake, modeling of asking and answering difficult questions and lifting societies along with schools. Education is the right and duty of all the citizens of a republic.
    • May 9 2013: Theodore, I couldn't agree more with your comment, "Adults must change first before children can follow our examples."
      Children have the power to change the world. Adults have the power to change their minds.
      Maybe we need to rethink how educators are educated, before we can think about changing how kids are educated?

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