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Aja B.
  • Aja B.
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For non-US TEDizens: Can you tell us about your country's education system?

This week's special on American TV, "TED Talks Education," focuses on problems in US schools.

So here's the place for non-Americans to share: What's an issue in your country's education system that you'd like to see a TED Talk about? Who would you ask to speak? Do you have any success stories to share?


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  • May 9 2013: Sorry, that is classified national socio-economic information. Just kidding! May it never come to that! I have found that people have been critical of education probably from long before the death of Socrates. Most of the quotes I have stumbled across over the years were from Americans such as Dr. Roger Schank quoting Petronius, Dean Everett Martin(1930s), Robert M. Hutchins in "The Great Conversation"(1950s), or in U.S. published books or magazines such as "Education Automation" by Buckminster Fuller (1960s) or "The Bee Eater" (2011) in Canadian public or University libraries inspired by Andrew Carnegie public libraries in the U..S. One exception is the chapter in "Salvaging Civilization"(1920s) by H.G. Wells entitled "Schooling the World".
    I ran into problems in Canada due to education being a provincial responsibility. As a result, I had to go over the same Canadian history material twice (grades 7 and 8 and 11 and 12) and could not continue courses in accounting and technical shops (electrical/electronics, automotive, welding, drafting, machining) that I had started in grade ten at my previous high school. I would like to see a Ted Talk on Canadian educational sovereignty and globalization. Can Canada be different? How much room is there for change and educational reform with respect to international standards and accreditation? How should one handle the cultural and publishing dominance of the U.S. ? What is the purpose of the Canadian educational system? I have no idea who in Canada to ask to speak about educational reform in Canada. They need to speak up! I would also like Dr. Roger Schank to give a Ted Talk to get his ideas about education reform into the great conversation on education. There have been changes in education over the centuries but they are rarely acknowledged.. I was lucky that Latin was dropped a few years before I attended high school but the school motto was in Latin and meant " Not for school but for life!"

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