Learning in Mind

Rethinking the Purpose of Education

Video Resources

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This is a sampling of videos about some of the larger topics in education. Many of the links are TED or TEDx talks involving the authors of books listed in Print Resources

Peter Gray on the Dangers of Declining Play In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall dramatic decline in children's freedom to play with other children, without adult direction. Over this same period, there has been a gradual but overall dramatic increase in anxiety, depression, feelings of helplessness, suicide, and narcissism in children and adolescents. Based on his own and others' research, Dr. Gray documents why free play is essential for children's healthy social and emotional development and outlines steps through which we can bring free play back to children's lives.

Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity? This is an entertaining and thought-provoking TED talk about building an education system that fosters, rather than stifles creatitivy. The most watched TED talk of all times with over 43 million views!

Ken Robinson: Bring On the Revolution In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning—creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

Ken Robinson: Changing Educational Paradigms A delightful RSA animate version of Ken Robinson's TED talk on changing education paradigms.

Dan Pink on Motivation In this TED talk, Dan Pink, the author of Drive: The Surprising Truth about Motivation explains why "rewarding" students has little or nothing to do with increasing motivation.

Dr. Todd Rose, the author of The End of Average, introduces the idea that there is no such thing as an "average person." Rose is co-founder and president of The Center for Individual Opportunity, an organization dedicated to providing leadership around the emerging new science of the individual and its implications for education, the workforce, and society. In addition, he is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches Educational Neuroscience.

I Just Sued the School System by Prince Ea. If you want to reduce the arguments on this website to a few minutes, this video does a remarkable job of pointing out why we must transform public education.

Logan LaPlante on Hacking Education. A delightful TedX talk by then-13 year old Logan LaPlante who offers the learner's view of what is important to learn.

If you have suggestions for any other outstanding videos that speak to important educational issues, please let us know.

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