“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. In the poor countries of the world, 60% of the present population is under 25 years of age. It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected. In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.”
A lot of things come to mind when discussing Bill Gates: Microsoft, billionaire, philanthropist. But when it comes to discussing one of the world’s most recognizable men, education is at the top of our minds.
In early 2000, the William H. Gates Foundation merged with the Gates Learning Foundation to form the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Gates’ interest in giving back was ignited by an article he read regarding children in 3rd world countries needing access to clean water, which served as a catalyst for his prominent stance on education in the world.
If you’re like me and you just recently graduated from college, you probably have a couple of questions and concerns about the state of our current education system. What is it really trying to accomplish? Is it setting up students to learn, or has it become blasé to the point of ineffectiveness? These questions are pertinent and warrant a serious discussion. Luckily for us, there are some heavy hitters out there who have taken notice.
Throughout my schooling I had the privilege of being taught by some wonderful teachers. The vast majority of them loved having control of their classroom; no cellphones, no talking in class, no commotion. It made sense; being a good teacher requires dedication, attention to detail, and extensive planning. Any little distraction could spoil a student’s focus. But these teachers also understood how important student collaboration was. They encouraged us to engage in discussions, share notes, and also offered up friendly competition from time to time. These were the hallmarks of effective learning for me.
Let’s face it: too many people today don’t know how to deliver content. We come off as too boring, too egotistical, or too afraid to step on toes. Fortunately, TED has figured out a way to minimize these issues. Every TED speaker is presented with a list of 10 tips, known as the TED Commandments, which are kind of like the Holy Grail of speech writing (storytelling). The Commandments help speakers talk on a range of issues, and every day over 450,000 people watch speeches on TED.com. Continue reading