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TED Audiences should be more skeptical and not just laugh at tongue in cheek presentations that ridicule current educational practices.

A number of good ideas have been presented in TED Talks. However, some of the ideas presented have never been seriously questioned by TED Audiences.
One of the presenters that I am talking about is Mr. Ken Robinson. He talks about what education should be like, but I am not sure if he has bothered to take the time to create a system of education that is based on his ideas and on a large scale.
It is easy for him to say what education should be like, but until he creates a large scale system that accomplishes what he says the current system does not accomplish, I will remain skeptical, although I have similar ideas.
The purpose of this conversation is to encourage TED Audiences to be more skeptical and ask tough questions when TED Talkers propose fancy ideas.

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    Mar 10 2014: It's far easier to state a problem than to present viable solutions. This is especially true on the very complicated issues of education. The number of articles, essays, and talks on the problems of education far outnumber proposals on how to solve the problems. And even the proposals are so vague or impractical that they just add to the confusion. Improving education is easier said than done, however, it's not impossible!

    It is easier to criticize than to do better. ~ Swiss Proverb

    Advising is easier than helping. ~ German Proverb

    It is easier to pull down than to build up. ~ Latin Proverb

    http://www.inspirationfalls.com/easy-quotes/
    http://www.searchquotes.com/search/Things_Are_Easier_Said_Than_Done/
  • Mar 6 2014: Agreed stating goals is far different from implementation.
  • Mar 18 2014: M.O. Thirunarayanan,

    I agree with you about a lot of things you said.

    But we have also to consider that the talkers have receiving opinion since before the talk and will keep receiving after on the same way they did.
    Most of the ideias dont go that far, and they problably adapt their ideia alread many times and will keep doing
    I believe a TED plataform for doing that would be great, but we shouldnt limit who are the talkers by their cooperation or force them to cooperate with that
    In some cases all we can do is to filter the valuable information by ourselves and talk to each other
    • Mar 24 2014: I still think that TED talkers should be asked to answer questions, or someone should be invited to present an opposing point of view.
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    Mar 7 2014: I agree that ideas need to be discussed and even challenged. That is why I've been taking part in these conversations.

    I think this forum is as good a place as any to challenge an idea.

    I'd like to hear some detail about your concerns. What are flaws with this approach? The best responses, in my opinion, will add suggestions or ideas on how to address a concern the reader my have.
    • Mar 7 2014: Unless I missed it, the TED Talk video that I viewed did not include a Q & A session. If TED Talks typically do not include a Q & A session, including one could be a starting point.
      When a talk is posted online, before comments are solicited, a group of volunteers could be asked to come up with a list of questions. These questions could then be answered by the speakers. Speakers should be expected to actively respond to questions and react to comments for at least a week or two after they make their presentations.
      Others can continue to ask additional questions and submit their own comments.
    • Mar 10 2014: When a TED Talker provides his or her opinions, another person could be asked to provide a different point of view.

      The TED program could also encourage speakers to raise questions and provide arguments against opinions offered by other TED Talkers.

      I think that unchallenged, opinion-based TED Talks are meaningless.
  • Mar 7 2014: Before I came to TED there was and is a much hype that scientists and thinkers across the globe give talks.It seems that this hype creates fear or may be reduces the self esteem or may be reduces the confidence among the TED audience to question the TED Talker who may happens to be from any world renowned university.

    Undeveloped Ideas are always vague in the nascent stage.It takes KITE(Knowledge,Intelligence,Time and Emotion) to properly develop the idea before implementation.

    As far as Education System is concerned , the current education system has become obsolete and does not fits the current world. A new Education System definitely needs to be created and implemented. But, It cannot be done alone a good team is need for that.

    Before a new Education System be built , the hour of the need is to create an International Consortium for Education where scientists,educators and thinkers should join hands together to chalk out a new frame work of education system. Just like we have Internet Society,World Wide Web Consortium,Joint Motion Picture Engineering Group.
    • Mar 7 2014: I agree that the education system needs to be changed. But before we start doing that, we should be talking about the purpose of education. Creativity could be one of the purposes of education. But I still think that we need to question speakers and not just accept everything that they say.
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    Mar 7 2014: Well it is just 'sharing' an idea and its up to you if you want to be skeptical. I believe sir ken robinson is only pointing out the lack of equal opportunity for different talents, specifically creativity. Implementation is a different matter of course but I hardly think that it is THE gauge to measure ideas against. I think we should be skeptical BUT open. Give the guy the benefit of the doubt. What 'if' he's right? Not everyone could implement their ideas on large scale just as easily. Come to think of it, most people don't.
    • Mar 7 2014: I would like to know Mr. Robinson’s definition of “creativity.” I am not sure if he has clearly defined the term “creativity” and explained what a creative person does that sets them apart from other people that he considers to be not so creative.
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    Mar 7 2014: I think it is important to realize TED talks are often ideas people want to share rather than presentations based on rigorous research. If someone really wants to work on education reform in a hands on way, there are excellent resources available of a rigorous type that capture well what schools today are *really*like, what the challenges are, and where the best potential for improvement is based on programs that have worked on a small scale or even a larger scale.

    It is always worthwhile if an issue really interests you to do further research that can give you a solid foundation in that area.
    • Mar 7 2014: You said, “. . . TED talks are often ideas people want to share rather than presentations based on rigorous research.” That is exactly why I think people who listen to such talks should be more skeptical and also question the ideas of the speakers.