TED Talks — in class, 8/30

Today we watched two videos of lectures from TED.com. After the jump (click on “more,” below) I’ll include the notes that I gave students before watching the videos. After each of the two videos, I gave this prompt, due Tuesday:

What does Ken Robinson believe people need to be prepared for the world? What are his reasons? Why does he say this is needed for society? What does Mike Rowe believe people need to be prepared for the world? What are his reasons? Why does he say this is needed for society? Which argument do you find most persuasive? Why? (3-4 paragraphs, typed, 1-1/2 spaced)

Here are the links: Ken Robinson, speaking in 2006 about creativity and education; and Mike Rowe, speaking in 2008 about what he’s learned from filming his Discovery Channel show, Dirty Jobs.

TED Talks

Ken Robinson

  • Has written books about creativity and education; most recent book is called The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
  • Speaking in 2006 at the annual TED Conference
    • TED = “Technology, Education, Design”
    • Lots of smart/creative people talking about innovative ideas
  • Mike Rowe

  • Host of Dirty Jobs, a Discovery Channel show where Rowe works with people doing different jobs (especially focusing on those unusual or disgusting jobs that would make for interesting television)
  • Speaking in 2008 at the Entertainment Gathering, which “takes a broad look at entertainment and ideas.”
  • After each one, you’ll be given a short time to write in answer to the same question:

    What argument is                               making about what kind of work we should value, and how people should decide what they’re going to do with their lives?

    So think about that while we’re watching.

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