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TED Talks

TED Talks is a three part PBS series of one-hour television specials recorded at the Town Hall Theater in New York, and features TED Talks from some of the world’s greatest thinkers and doers. The programs also feature performances and short independent films. Hosted by author and comedian Baratunde Thurston, each program highlights speakers and films that focus on a different theme.

The Education Revolution: Mind the Gap

2m 58s

Mind the Gap takes a hard look at the skills that school systems are developing in graduates, and how those skills no longer align with the expectations of today’s employers. The short film also takes a deeper look at what skills are in fact the most useful in today’s economy, and skills that schools should focus on the most going forward.

Extras + Features

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    Coming to PBS: TED Talks: Education Revolution

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    TED Talks: Education Revolution, hosted by author, producer and comedian Baratunde Thurston and performer Sara Ramirez, focuses on how education is changing to adapt to our new digital world. Sal Khan examines the impact of online teaching; Victor Rios dives into the problems of the school-to-prison pipeline; Nadia Lopez contends with a middle school that is in the most dangerous borough in NYC.

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    Sal Khan: Mastery-Based Learning

    S1 E3 - 1m 28s

    In this excerpt from TED Talks: Education Revolution, educator Sal Khan examines what he calls "mastery-based learning," which attempts to address ways in which students have traditionally become disengaged in the classroom. This new approach, he argues, emphasizes perseverance and is much more practical to do than in the past.

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    Julie Lythcott-Haims: A Check-Listed Childhood

    S1 E3 - 1m 48s

    In this excerpt from TED Talks: Education Revolution, Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult, talks about the dangers of "a check-listed childhood," where they need to go to the "right schools" and take the right classes, leading up to the "right college." This can lead, she argues, to stress and depression over perceived failure.

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    Victor Rios on a Teacher That Tapped into His Soul

    S1 E3 - 1m 56s

    In this excerpt from TED Talks: Education Revolution, Victor Rios, educator and author of Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys, who as a teen had been incarcerated three times by the time he was 15, talks about a teacher who changed his life. His teacher saw the potential in him despite his circumstances.

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    Sal Khan: Mastery Learning - Clip

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    In this excerpt from the PBS special TED Talks: Education Revolution, Khan Academy founder Sal Khan explains his concept of "mastery learning."

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    The Education Revolution: Freedom University

    S1 E3 - 3m 21s

    Georgia is one of three US states that have banned undocumented students from attending state universities. Started by a group of professors, Freedom University provides an “underground” alternative for undocumented students who are trying to get an education – including Arizbeth, a high school senior whom the film follows.

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    The Education Revolution: Mind the Gap

    S1 E3 - 2m 58s

    Mind the Gap takes a hard look at the skills that school systems are developing in graduates, and how those skills no longer align with the expectations of today’s employers. The short film also takes a deeper look at what skills are in fact the most useful in today’s economy, and skills that schools should focus on the most going forward.

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    The Education Revolution: Modern Classroom

    S1 E3 - 3m 32s

    If schools were to be reimagined for the future, what would they look like? Modern Classroom explores learning environments where textbooks; seating rows; and classes segregated by age, ability, and even subject matter have been rethought in order to foster an education that equips students for the 21st century.

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    The Education Revolution: Unconscious Bias

    S1 E3 - 3m 15s

    In this animated, live-action film, a young boy of color navigates bias in the classroom and its impact on his future. The film also includes the voices of children sharing their experiences, at school and at home, as they grow older.

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    War & Peace: Talk of War

    S1 E2 - 2m 58s

    Talking with children about war can be a difficult task for parents. But military families have no choice – for them, war is both a global and a personal issue. This film shows military mothers and fathers as they handle this tough topic with their children.

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    War & Peace: When the War Ends

    S1 E2 - 3m 22s

    After the Vietnam War, Marine veteran Doug Graybill was broken, isolated, and full of rage. He credits his wife Liz, an Army veteran, with saving his life. Through Doug and Liz, the film introduces veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and explores how soldiers can support one another after they come off the battlefield.

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    Coming to PBS: TED Talks: War and Peace

    S1 E2 - 30s

    Men and women who have experienced every aspect of war look at the devastating impact of war in our world. The program includes veteran-turned-actor Adam Driver revealing his passion for the arts and the armed forces. Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger examines the tribal nature of war and why the U.S. has higher rates of PTSD than many other countries.

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