Monday, May 2, 2011

Response to Dave Eggers' TED Talk

           This TED Talk was very interesting and it was one of my favorites of all of the ones I have watched so far. The reason for this is the main idea of this talk, which is that everyone "will find a way to directly engage with a public school in your area and that you'll then tell the story of how you got involved, so that within a year we have 1,000 examples of transformative partnerships." What he means is that he wants everyone to get involved to help the public schools in their area to come up with one on one time with each student. This idea seems to be very crucial in our society because of class size and length. With even twenty students in a one hour class, there is still barely any time for a teacher to teach one on one with a student. But, with Eggers' ideas, there is a way around this. He came up with many tutor places that were able to help students and progress them along the educational path. He allowed for students to get some one on one time with a teacher to learn the way that is best for them, and allows them to progress the most. As a result, most of the kids rose up at least one grade level just because of this. This also makes me think of many ideas. Why is this project not implanted in all schools? We should try to persuade all of the schools throughout the country to adopt this project, and success will flow from all places. And, personally I would love to learn one on one with a teacher, and I am sure that most other students would also. This also gives students a way to learn the way that is best for them, and allows them to get farther in their school career. Not everyone learns the same way, so if schools keep teaching everyone the same subjects in the same way, what will happen? Will our creativity disappear into thin air? Will our interesting thinking methods be overrun by the ones that are thrown upon us? And if this will happen, schools need to find a way to stop it. During one of our class fishbowls, we came upon this topic, and a large argument started about whether schools should be smaller, or it there should be more teachers, or if there should be less students, and it got out of hand. But, after watching this video, I can see that there is a smart alternative to all of this, which is this tutoring idea which seems to work. But, it all brings me back to the same question, why has no one done anything about this problem? I know many people have made large impacts in this field, and have worked hard to succeed, but why can the leaders of our schools realize what needs to be done??? It doesn't make sense.

              Dave Eggers' speaking style and presentation technique was very good, but also unique. He incorporated some comedy and many great ideas, but he also did a few things that were not as good as they could have been. He talked a little too fast so it was hard to understand, and he also had a few too many pictures so the focus was more on them instead of him. But, overall he did a pretty good job. I liked the way that although he was nervous, he still acted loose. He also did a good job of showing exactly what he meant, especially though his TED wish. This showed the viewer what he was saying, and what he wanted them to do on their own. He did a good job.

             This idea matters immensely to education, to the world, and even to me personally. What matters is that everyone needs time to learn how they like to learn and can flourish while learning in this way. Teachers need to be able to have one on one time with each student, and they need to be able to work with the kids in a way that works for them specifically. This will allow for much more progress in all students, and it will let their creativity flow. This applies to education immensely because with it, education may never be the same. Kids will be able to express themselves and learn the way that they want to learn, and that in itself is a huge accomplishment. This is important, and I can even see it in my own life. Last year, I got really close to one of my teachers and she was one of the greatest people ever. Since my class was extremely small (only six people) I was able to learn a way that I wanted, and I could do what worked best for me. And, looking back now, I can see that the math that I learned in that room has stuch with me much longer than any other math I have ever learned. This idea even matters thoughout the while world. If this is applied, many more creative ideas will come into play, and creativity will not be blocked. Everyone will be able to learn the way that is best for them, and they will completely fourish. If this idea can be accepted creativity will blossom, and the world may even change.

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