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Jared Tompkins

Researcher, Auburn University

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What about TED-based clubs in schools? TED-based classes?

TED is an incredible concept. It is intelligent, innovative, and gives rise to some amazing ideas. The central idea of TED - the proposition of an idea worth spreading, and intelligent discussion to improve it - is something that can be applied to every part of our lives, but often the most important part of life is the younger years of primary and secondary education. Why not take the TED ideal and apply it to our schools?

I am a high school student, in the 12th grade, and TED has changed my life. I propose to the TED community this idea: the formation of school clubs (or similar groups) focused around TED that eventually transform into dedicated classes; instead of a traditional class, it would consist of the exhibition of an idea that the students and teacher then discuss.

TEDtalks, TEDconversations, even comment discussions about the talks could generate the initial idea; the class would spend the entire period discussing it, trying to improve upon it, finding ways to let it affect their lives for the better.

That's my idea (indeed, I intend to actually do this at my school), and I'm presenting it to the TED community to ask for ideas, suggestions, and discussion of the implications of this idea.


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  • Mar 2 2011: All the folks who have commented on this post,

    We here in Chennai have just coined a word for this TEDucation!! As Chief Coordiantor of TEDxChennai I have been evengalising TED in Colleges and schools in Chennai with dramatic results .This is as simple as organising TEdxevents in schools and colleges. I have also been mentoring these TEDx events .I now propose to start screening TED talks everywhere .In fact we have even started screening TED talks in our church and Ideas worth spreading are spreading everywhere. Now the TEDx in a box will also help us spread the TEDucation in the rural areas!!


    Samuel Eddy

    P,S. Must talk to Chris and Laura about copywriting the word!!!!LOL.

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