TEDx Juneau : Education

Posted on September 23, 2013 by

Thursday, September 26th, 6:00pm, Downtown Public Library.

We often hear that a good day is one in which we learn something new. The lifelong pursuit of learning and education is an important part of all our lives, whether for our own sake, or that our children, families, or community.

At this TEDxJuneauLibrary event, we’ll hear from three video presenters who share a common interest in how education works and the future of education. We’ll start off with a humorous and somewhat controversial talk from British author and speaker Sir Ken Robinson. Robinson will offer three principles crucial for the human mind to flourish. He challenges educational systems to take these principles into account.

Next up, we’ll hear from Andreas Schleicher, who heads up the Program for International Student Assessment. You’ve probably heard the sound bytes about how the US students rank (often poorly) verses others in the world. In this talk, Schleicher helps us understand the data behind the sound bytes and talk about the results of the educational policies of several different nations.

Lastly, we’ll heard from an educator who quit his job as a hedge fund analyst to create a non-profit company that is based around free online video tutorials. Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, will tell us his inspiring and funny story as well as talking what’s happening next at Khan Academy.

Join us for a viewing and discussion of these talks. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Juneau Public Library. While all ages are welcome, this program is most appropriate for teens and adults.