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Rethinking School

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For most of modern history, humans have placed smaller humans in institutions called schools. But what parts of this model still work? And what must change? This hour, TED speakers rethink education.TED speakers include teacher Tyler DeWitt, social entrepreneur Sal Khan, international education expert Andreas Schleicher, and educator Linda Cliatt-Wayman.

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March 15th, 2019

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53:38

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January 27th, 2017

1:01:32

It's normal for us to always be glued to our screens. So how are they changing us, and how will they shape our future? This hour, TED speakers explore our ambivalent relationships with our screens. (Original broadcast …

The Five Senses

January 20th, 2017

The five senses shape all our experience, but we still don't fully understand them. This episode, TED speakers explore how our brains make sense of …

Networks

January 13th, 2017

53:57

Networks surround and sustain us, in nature, in our bodies, in relationships, in the digital world. This hour, TED speakers explore how we rely on networks and how we have the power to shape them.

The Hero's Journey

January 6th, 2017

51:46

From the Odyssey, to Robinson Crusoe, to Star Wars — why are we drawn to stories about heroes? And what do they tell us about ourselves? This hour, TED speakers explore what makes a hero's journey. (Original broadcast …

Simply Happy

December 30th, 2016

53:07

In this hour, finding happiness may be simpler than you think. (Original broadcast date: February 14, 2014).

Believers And Doubters

December 23rd, 2016

In this hour, TED speakers offer perspectives on belief from all ends of the spectrum, from atheists to the devout. (Original Broadcast Date: November 22, 2013).

Reconciliation

December 16th, 2016

In a world that seems more divided than ever, how do we begin to find middle ground? This episode, TED speakers on how to look past anger, fear, and …

Just A Little Nicer

December 9th, 2016

52:40

Compassion is a universal virtue, but is it innate or taught? Have we lost touch with it? Can we be better at it? In this hour, TED speakers explore compassion: its roots, its meaning and its future. (Original broadcast …

Headspace

December 2nd, 2016

53:54

Some of our most powerful feelings — stress, depression, despair — are the hardest to understand. This hour, TED speakers challenge assumptions about …

Giving It Away

November 25th, 2016

In this hour, stories from TED speakers who are "giving it away" in new and surprising ways, and the things that happen in return. (Original broadcast date: May 17, 2013).

The Food We Eat

November 18th, 2016

51:59

Food is more than nourishment. It's a source of pleasure — and guilt — and an agent of change. This episode, TED speakers explore our deep connection to food, and where it's headed.

Finite

November 11th, 2016

48:46

In a world with limited resources, can we find ways to salvage what's disappearing? Can we innovate our way out of a finite landscape? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about living with less. (Original broadcast …

Democracy On Trial

November 4th, 2016

52:39

Democracy is often hailed as the best form of government. But with a growing sense of distrust, should we rethink the whole system? This hour, TED …

Adaptation

October 28th, 2016

51:55

Humans adapt to physical and creative challenges in remarkable ways. How do we do it, and what happens when we can't? In this episode, TED speakers share inspiring stories about our capacity to adapt. (Original …

Toxic

October 21st, 2016

51:52

It's an unpleasant thought, but we're exposed to toxins every day. This episode, TED speakers ask: should we accept our toxic world as reality or can …

The Meaning Of Work

October 14th, 2016

52:22

Love it or hate it, most of us have to work for a living. So, how can we make work more meaningful? This hour, TED speakers explore our values and …

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