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Scholar Mulhern
Posted 3 months ago
Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice
What an engaging talk. I love what Stevenson says about the power of identity, compassion, and the influence of strong figures (his grandmother) in our lives. The stories we pass on to the young, as Stevenson demonstrates, are powerful and unforgettable. We need to tell stories that reiterate values such as "doing the right thing" when it is easier to "do the wrong thing" in a world that has become increasingly "valueless," with a society that emphasizes getting ahead at all costs, rather than reflecting upon those costs: injustice, callousness, marginalization, and the diminution of character. Stories, Stevenson proves, have the power to fuel conviction, hope, and humanity. James Mulhern, Teacher, www.synthesizingeducation.net
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Scholar Mulhern
Posted 11 months ago
Andrew Connolly: What's the next window into our universe?
It delights me that science brings us hope and possibility and magic. We and the universe are the same. The hope for humanity is that we recognize the universe within as we discover the universe outside of us, treasuring both the buzz of the bumble bee and the buzz of dark matter, radioactivity, and a distant star. The micro IS the macro. We are all of us the universe. James Mulhern www.bestsite.us
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Scholar Mulhern
Posted 11 months ago
Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door
I love the idea of "art as a doorway to wonder." I believe that children have a sensibility that is lost at times on us in the adult world. We need more wonder. We need to recapture the mindset of our childhoods. We need more stories and doorways. Not the stories in the headlines, but rather the stories of our astonishing imaginations. James Mulhern www.synthesizingeducation.net
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Scholar Mulhern
Posted over 1 year ago
Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?
I like what Ariely says about purpose and work. For me, teaching brings joy and meaning because of its purpose. I have had careers that were more lucrative financially, but not one compares to the spiritual reward and sense of fulfillment that I get working as an educator. James Mulhern, www.synthesizingeducation.net
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Scholar Mulhern
Posted over 1 year ago
Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
I love the ideas here. Our current educational system is anachronistic and needs an overhaul. We need to be encouraging creativity, innovation, and synthesis across curriculums. Thank you for the information presented in this talk. James Mulhern Atlantic Technical Center High School, Coconut Creek, FL www.synthesizingeducation.net
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Posted over 1 year ago
Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion
What an inspirational speaker! What a legacy. Ms. Pierson is absolutely right about human connection and relationships. The research shows that students WILL be more successful if they LIKE their teachers. So if you don't like students, get out of teaching. It's as simple as that. James Mulhern www.synthesizingeducation.net
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Scholar Mulhern
Posted over 1 year ago
What makes "education" TED's most popular topic?
Education is a popular topic because people intuit that something about our current system is awry. Education is a gadfly prompting us to do better, a tooth that nibbles at the soul of the American nation. We need change. We need a revolution in education, a re-visioning of the way we think about our teaching methodologies. In the 21st century our educational approach should be synthetic, incorporating "open" pedagogies that are holistic and encourage an awareness of the interconnectedness and simultaneity of ideas across domains, time, media, and disciplines. An overarching concept of our teaching should be "I link, therefore I am" (S. J. Singer, as quoted by Edward O. Wilson in Consilience). As educators, we need to help students synthesize what they are learning in all of their classes by linking ideas among subject areas. We also need to incorporate other non-traditional domains into the classroom experience (those from everyday life), so that students will make connections to "real-life" happenings that are occurring contemporaneously with their lessons. In doing so, themes, images, and ideas will achieve a resonance that is not possible by curriculums that are "closed"--restricted to one discipline, classroom, or setting. A synthetic learning experience reinforces content, encourages the sharing and development of ideas, and facilitates critical thinking skills. Learning is enhanced, especially the ability to synthesize information and make meaningful connections. Student metacognition increases as discussions of relevancy become par for the course, literally. Our students will become the innovative “creative creators.” (Friedman, That Used to Be Us) that our globalized world demands. James Mulhern, www.synthesizingeducation.net