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How 20 Million Minds Uses Tech to Disrupt Education

From the excessive cost of textbooks, limited seat availability, dwindling graduation rates, and the alarming rate of defaults on student loans, it’s blindingly clear that our higher education system is broken and only getting worse.

The status quo is rife with needless barriers that prevent students from becoming masters of their own futures. In California alone, we have a backlog of over 500,000 students waiting for English 1 or Algebra 1, the very courses necessary for them to move forward with their education.

In addition, one in four students fails to complete post-secondary education, and among those students, 60 percent cite the cost of “textbooks and fees beyond tuition” as a factor in their decision to withdraw. Meanwhile, five conglomerates control 80% of textbook production, which is a $20 billion dollar a year industry.

Educational Flux: Raising the status of teachers

If we want to get serious about improving the quality of education globally, we need to improve the quality of teachers in the classroom. In order to do this we need to answer the following question: Why do people become teachers and how do we attract the best teachers to the profession? While we study and test just about everything in education these days, it turns out that a comprehensive global study has never been conducted to understand global teacher capacity and how to improve the quality of teachers in the classroom. That’s where Vikas Pota and The Varkey GEMS Foundation have stepped in, compiling the world’s first comprehensive attempt to compare the status of teachers across the world.

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The Origins of the American Public Education System

The American Public Education System was directly imported from Prussia (modern day Germany). This model of “free and compulsory” education was designed by the Prussian Emperor, in order to generate obedient workers and soldiers who would not question his authority. 

In the 1830’s, American Lawmaker Horace Mann visited Prussia and researched its education methodology. He was infatuated with the emperor’s method of eliminating free thought from his subjects and designed an education system for Massachusetts directly based on these concepts. The movement then quickly spread nationally. 

Horace Mann said, “The State is the father of children. Do you want your children growing up in total submission to the State?”

The magic of QR codes in the classroom

Teaching is both a science and an art, and many teachers around the world spend endless hours perfecting their professional practice. At TEDActive 2013, a few teachers from the United States offer some tricks of the trade they’ve learned (and continue to hone) along the way.

Sparking Student Interests with Informal Learning

Sociologist and digital learning expert Diana Rhoten founded the New Youth City Learning Network to help organizations like museums and libraries design digitally-enabled learning activities built to tap into kids’ interests and teach 21st-century skills.

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Constance Steinkuehler on Interest-Driven Learning

Game-based learning scholar Constance Steinkuehler talks about her research on online video games and literacy, and explores how motivation and engagement can skyrocket when students are passionate about the subject matter.

Singapore’s 21st-Century Teaching Strategies

By cultivating strong school leadership, committing to ongoing professional development, and exploring innovative models like its technology-infused Future Schools, Singapore has become one of the top-scoring countries on the PISA tests.

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Finland’s Formula for School Success

Early intervention and sustained individual support for every student are keys to educating the whole child in Finnish schools. This video has been produced in partnership with the Pearson Foundation.

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