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John Gianino

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What makes "education" TED's most popular topic?

Is the TED community imposing their beliefs upon the website visitors? Are users applying the "education" tag to their conversations in the most visited section for exposure? How do you prefer to be "educated"? What is the best way to acquire, retain, and recall information? Do we need degrees, certificates, or peer validation to be effective teachers?


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    Dec 11 2013: John, There is no definitive answer to your poser. Just the term education would mean different things to different people and would be argued over for a long time.

    Would you accept that "education", by all definitions, is a "common" element throughout all the world. That we have all, to greater or lessor extents, experienced some fashion of "education" and that we have concerns for the following generations and want them to prosper by providing them with the tools (education) to achieve.

    I do not think the TED community has "imposed" any beliefs. We have discussed and presented views. Accept them or reject them is your option.

    TED offers the common person the ability to hear, see, and discuss options from around the world ... not all ideas or practices are applicable to another areas, regions, or countries. But the exposure generates thoughts of how to amend, adapt, or overcome the issues to strengthen our own systems.

    Now John, what is the reason you asked the question .... and what is the answer to your question?

    Regards ..... Bob.
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        Dec 12 2013: John, I read the article. I also looked up "Cracked" and it is call America's only humor site. The magazine begin in 1958 in the wake of many who followed "Mad" into production.

        I have never had anyone refer me to Mad or Cracked as a serious reference. Was this tongue in cheek.

        If not what is the relationship to Cracked and TED What would that have to do with Education being a popular subject in TED conversations.

        Help me to understand. Was my reply off base with what you are looking for? Did I misunderstand your question?

        Thanks for the reply .... Bob.
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          Dec 16 2013: Hi, Robert. As you have received no reply as yet from John to clarify his post four days ago to you and as the conversation will soon close, let me say I interpreted his link not at all as a reference to you but rather as an answer to your question to him- "Now John, what is the reason you asked the question...?

          My guess on reading his response to you was that he was thinking about how people can come to misconceptions about history (or potentially other subjects) because of, or in spite of, their schooling.

          Many people take interest in schooling, or in how people come to believe what they believe, because of the untapped potential they see in schooling or the potential of ancillary ways of filling the gaps in understanding or correcting commonly held misconceptions we see around us.

          This is only my tentative interpretation of that reply. I hope John will return to clarify his intended meaning.

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