Check out Will Stephen’s TED talk in which he does a fantastic job of talking about absolutely nothing. His talk captures the rhythm and pattern of a classic TED presentation — suggesting, perhaps, that this format is ready for retirement? Or at least an update?
What if there were a basic literacy, beyond reading, writing, and arithmetics that we missed, or that wasn’t really necessary until this moment in our history? What if that new literacy were MORE important than STEM education to the future of our children? Or if it helped rationalize STEM and SEL (social, emotional, learning) in a way that organized these two, at times mutually exclusive, threads of critical thinking? What if other countries were figuring it out and America was caught fighting over educational approaches mired in philosophies and patterns suited for the 1900s instead of the 21st century and missed the boat entirely? What if it fostered thinking so that kids could grow up to be critical, creative, collaborative, and resilient? What if you did something about it before it’s too late?
This TED talk is critical for educators:
“In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night’s sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making.”
Love her. So what do we do about high schools starting at the ungodly (for adolescents) hour of 7:20AM?
Now I’m off to nap …