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If schools were to be reimagined for the future, what would they look like? Modern Classroom explores learning environments where textbooks; seating rows; and classes segregated by age, ability, and even subject matter have been rethought in order to foster an education that equips students for the 21st century.
In this animated, live-action film, a young boy of color navigates bias in the classroom and its impact on his future. The film also includes the voices of children sharing their experiences, at school and at home, as they grow older.
Mind the Gap takes a hard look at the skills that school systems are developing in graduates, and how those skills no longer align with the expectations of today’s employers. The short film also takes a deeper look at what skills are in fact the most useful in today’s economy, and skills that schools should focus on the most going forward.
Georgia is one of three US states that have banned undocumented students from attending state universities. Started by a group of professors, Freedom University provides an “underground” alternative for undocumented students who are trying to get an education – including Arizbeth, a high school senior whom the film follows.
TED Talks: Education Revolution, hosted by author, producer and comedian Baratunde Thurston and performer Sara Ramirez, focuses on how education is changing to adapt to our new digital world. Sal Khan examines the impact of online teaching; Victor Rios dives into the problems of the school-to-prison pipeline; Nadia Lopez contends with a middle school that is in the most dangerous borough in NYC.
In this excerpt from TED Talks: Education Revolution, educator Sal Khan examines what he calls "mastery-based learning," which attempts to address ways in which students have traditionally become disengaged in the classroom. This new approach, he argues, emphasizes perseverance and is much more practical to do than in the past.
In this excerpt from TED Talks: Education Revolution, Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult, talks about the dangers of "a check-listed childhood," where they need to go to the "right schools" and take the right classes, leading up to the "right college." This can lead, she argues, to stress and depression over perceived failure.
In this excerpt from TED Talks: Education Revolution, Victor Rios, educator and author of Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys, who as a teen had been incarcerated three times by the time he was 15, talks about a teacher who changed his life. His teacher saw the potential in him despite his circumstances.
General Linda Singh, Maryland’s highest-ranking soldier, served combat tours in Afghanistan and Kosovo and raised two children while confronting racism, sexism, and inequity. Fast-forward to the Baltimore riots of 2015, when she is called upon to use the same skills she honed in the military, but on a national stage.
In this excerpt from TED Talks: War and Peace, actor (Star Wars; Girls) and veteran Adam Driver talks about what led him to join the Marine Corps after September 11, 2001, and what ultimately appealed to him the most about his time in the Marines: his fellow soldiers, an oddball group of people.
Talking with children about war can be a difficult task for parents. But military families have no choice – for them, war is both a global and a personal issue. This film shows military mothers and fathers as they handle this tough topic with their children.
In this excerpt from TED Talks: War and Peace, journalist Sebastian Junger, after spending years reporting from war zones, talks about how treatment for soldiers returning home with PTSD is not just a reflection on their own mental health but on our society as a whole. The question is not, "can we save the vets," Junger says, but, "can we save ourselves?"
In this excerpt from TED Talks: War and Peace, author and humanitarian Samantha Nutt examines the proliferation and supply of small arms to countries at war. She describes the rather stunning statistics about war-torn countries, and the wealthier nations that arm them.
After the Vietnam War, Marine veteran Doug Graybill was broken, isolated, and full of rage. He credits his wife Liz, an Army veteran, with saving his life. Through Doug and Liz, the film introduces veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and explores how soldiers can support one another after they come off the battlefield.
At the MIT Media Lab, biomechatronic scientists are creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural ones. Led by Hugh Herr, a double amputee himself, their breakthrough advances have provided greater mobility and new hope to those with physical disabilities.
Men and women who have experienced every aspect of war look at the devastating impact of war in our world. The program includes veteran-turned-actor Adam Driver revealing his passion for the arts and the armed forces. Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger examines the tribal nature of war and why the U.S. has higher rates of PTSD than many other countries.
In this excerpt from the PBS special TED Talks: Science and Wonder, Juan Enriquez, leading authority in genomic code and author of Evolving Ourselves, explains the difference between natural and unnatural selection with an assist from man’s best friend.
In early 2015, Dr. Oliver Sacks learned that his ocular melanoma had metastasized to his liver. Shot in the last months of his life, this film illuminates Sacks’s searching curiosity, extraordinary powers of observation, compassion, and ability to find joy and beauty in science and in the world around him.
So you’re sitting just off of Times Square in midtown Manhattan in 2015 – but what are you sitting on top of? Zooming back a million years to look at the evolution of this little patch of land, this film offers an awe-inspiring view of the speed and ferocity with which humans have utterly transformed the globe.