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Al Meyers

social enterprenuer, community activist, inventor, artist, peop, AICPA

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What if the TED Community worked together to build the model 21st century learning environment? What would it look like?

The TED Community has some of the most innovative minds in the world. This goes beyond TED-ED. We have digital media experts, researchers, educators, public policy experts, politicians and entrepreneurs. The community has all of the tools and resources in it to become the ultimate disruptive innovator in education. What about adding a new type of fellow: a TED-ED Fellow, and have them work together on a project to design a new learning environment, and one that can be scalable. Then take the "idea" and use the financial resources of TED to turn it into an "idea worth doing."

The model would need to account for teacher training, compensation and evaluation; curriculum standards, learning pedagogy, and funding sources, to name a few factors that need to be accounted for.

I believe there's no better brain trust in the world to tackle this project than an open-source TED collaboration.

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    Jun 6 2011: Wonderful comments thus far. Thanks, Claudette, for the kind words. To add to the discussion, I have recently come across one of the most comprehensive, thought-provoking comparative analyses ever done on the U.S. education system. Please read "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: An American Agenda for Education Reform," by the National Center on Education and the Economy ("NCEE").

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