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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: A little disappointed that Parent Education was not brought into the equation of education reform. In particular, working with at-risk students, parent education is a vital component in supporting education reform on many levels. Sir Ken Robinson briefly touched on community, but did not identify parents as a source to educate and stimulate their own child, and as a source to aid in reform.

    Here is an example of a conversation I had with a High School student wanting to attend college; he informed me his parents would not allow him to attend college. His family wanted him to work full-time to assist with the finances. His parents had no knowledge that education could lead to higher wages and that Financial Aid was available. Unfathomable? You would be surprised. This is just one example.

    I do want to reiterate on an earlier comment - college is not the answer for all and we as advocates must recognize the individual and provide them with options outside of the box.

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