Day 105: What is the most perfect song to be played at a Ted education event?

Continuing on with my Ted talks on Music theme week I decided to watch a  Ted performance by musician John Legend singing the classic song 'True Colors.' In 2013 John Legend hosted Ted talks education and treated the audience to a cover of the Cyndi Lauper classic 'True Colors'. Watching his performance  in the context of being on a Ted stage was the first time I actually stopped to really listen to the lyrics and find the meaning behind the words - it's quite beautiful actually. It's about not being afraid to be your authentic self and  live true to yourself and who you really are.  I can't think of a more fitting song to be presented to teachers and students and a Ted education event. So often in school we are taught to think and act a certain way and maybe that's not leaving much room for kids to be themselves. If you haven't already watched John Legend's ted performance, hit play, sit back and let your mind wander with the … [Read more...]

Day 74: High school training ground

Poetical activist and Ted speaker Malcolm London used his Ted talk to share an extract of his poem "High school training ground."  Written and performed in 2011 when Malcolm was still at high school, it's full of raw truths that can make you uncomfortable, but nonetheless, needs to be heard. Whether you graduated this decade or some time ago, the relevance is still very much there for everyone. Malcolm paints a pretty brutal picture of the public school system and the inequalities within the school's walls. His talk is not  about the curriculum which we go to school for, but the "training" that happens in-between.  "This is a training ground where one group is taught to lead and the other is made to follow" says Malcolm.  "Taught now that capitalism raises you but you have to step on someone else to get there. " "A training ground to sort out the Regulars from the Honors, a reoccurring cycle built to recycle the trash of this … [Read more...]

Day 45: Every kid needs a champion. A post inspired by Rita Pierson

every kid needs a champion

Meet  Rita Pierson - the school teacher with grit.  During my 365 Days of Ted, some talks have had more of an impact than others. Every talk I choose to write about has moved me or challenged me in some way,  Rita Pierson’s talk is no exception, which is why I have included her in my Amazing Human's series Rita’s message is a simple, but crucial one “Every kid needs a champion." Rita, Mrs Pierson, is a  straight-talker with all heart. She is the type of teacher I wish I had in high-school.  The majority of my teachers did their job - they taught the curriculum and I was semi-willing student so I got decent grades, but I don’t know if I was really ever inspired by them.  It’s not that they were bad teachers.  I think that it just became a job to them, not a career.  Quite  a few teachers ended up resigning  and moving on to completely unrelated fields.  The exception is two teachers I had who did seem to have a genuine passion for … [Read more...]

Day 35: Are you gritty? Your success depends on it

facing failure

Are you living your life like it’s a marathon or a sprint? Ted speaker Angela Lee Duckworth has a message to share about the “key to success” and that is that success is not determined by I.Q but by that unique trait that some are born with and others develop over time - grit. What exactly is grit? Today’s blog post is a response to how I am feeling in this moment. Not wanting to break the chain I write today’s post in the midst of feeling quite frankly awful. My head hurts my body is overcome with some pretty serious fatigue. I feel like I am having a hangover, despite not having had a drink for weeks. Every part of my being wants to rest my head on a pillow and check out for the day, but there is a little voice inside my head, a voice that is being suffocated slightly by the Sandman who wants to bring me pleasant dreams, and that tiny voice that is struggling to get through is called grit. It’s hanging on by a thread today but … [Read more...]