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robert richards

Adult Education, learning facilitator, PolyTechnic Institute of Tasmania

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Using TED.com as an organic supercomputer think tank, instead of hooking up networks of personal computers.

Something is broken in western scholastic lesson delivery (I speak of western schooling because it is all I know). Maybe it’s the “factory” type delivery, the “you must fit into this box” scenario. Maybe it’s the system itself. The important thing is the curriculum implementers are aware of the problem but have been unable to offer a viable solution. Ted.com with all its great think tank contributors should be able to help. This could be the first of many such great projects. Would such an undertaking or one like it, require absolute focus of the entire collective? If yes, is such focus even possible?


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  • Sep 6 2011: Hi Robert,

    It seems that there is a movement afoot here in which lessons are learned on the internet, while in the classrrom, students do what was traditionally thought of as homework. The teacher seldom offers a lesson unless it is remedial, and is there to watch students do their assignments or help if they get stuck. This is particulalry well suited to mathematics, in which a huge reserve of lessons are available on YouTube.

    I think I would favor a global infrastructure for education, health, food, and shelter. I know people that are building houses 4 times as big as the ones in which they raised their children, while others sleep in cardboard boxes.

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