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Presentation Zen: Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school

Good place to start. These are great for embedding in presentations. —TBH

From the article:

Having children causes one to (re)think seriously about education and the role of school. Education obviously is the most powerful thing in the world. And yet the old Mark Twain chestnut — “I never let school get in the way of my education” — speaks to the core of my own thinking regarding education. I am not an expert in education by any means, but like almost everyone, I have strong ideas based on my personal experiences going through formal, mass schooling. Personally, the best years where I learned the most and was inspired to study and learn on my ownwere surely the six years of elementary school, and then university and graduate school. One thing I am sure of is that while listening carefully to teachers (and to the masters, etc.) is important, the real learning requires lots and lots of doing,not just listening. One does not learn to play the music — or math or science for that matter — only by sitting in a chair and listening. One learns by doing andfiguring things out. I do not provide any answers or insights here, but I wanted to point you to several presentations and interviews below concerning education and schooling that I have found particularly relevant and stimulating. I think they are all worth watching. I hope you’ll find something worth while in these presentations that you’d like to share with others and keep the discussion concerning education and schooling going.