An inspiring new talk from Sir Ken Robinson

The epidemic is bad education.

An inspiring new talk from Sir Ken Robinson
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May 11, 2013
Talk of the week
Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley
19:11 minutes · Filmed Apr 2013 · Posted May 2013 · TED Talks Education
Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.
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Young poet, educator and activist Malcom London performs his stirring poem about life on the front lines of high school. He tells of the “oceans of adolescence” who come to school “but never learn to swim,” of “masculinity mimicked by men who grew up with no fathers.” Beautiful, lyrical, chilling. Watch »
TEDGlobal 2013, happening June 10-14 in Scotland

Meet three new speakers added to the program -- and read the full lineup for next month's exciting conference in Edinburgh, June 10-14.