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Three TED talks to help you think differently about education

Growing up in a home with two educators as parents, I’ve always appreciated the importance of education, but I’ve also seen how so many decisions that affect education are politically driven — by politicians, by teachers’ unions and by parents’ groups — rather than being driven by new ideas and sound data. Here are three talks from the TED conference that share a few innovative approaches to education:

Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools

How can we measure what makes a school system work? Andreas Schleicher walks through the PISA test, a global measurement that ranks countries against one another — then uses that same data to help schools improve. Watch to learn the single factor that makes some systems outperform others.

Watch Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools on TED.

Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created Khan Academy, and he calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — give students video lectures to watch at home, and do “homework” in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

Watch Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education on TED.

Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms

Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between three troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. He challenges the way we’re educating our children and champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Watch Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms on TED.

By no means do I have all the answers when it comes to our current education system, but I know we all have a role in trying to make it better. What are some other resources that you’ve seen that have changed the way you view education?


New Digs

Here’s a look at the exterior of the new office … the location couldn’t be better. I’m banking on soon becoming a regular at Jack’s downstairs.

I can’t wait to get in here with the team next month!



Annie Leibovitz’s Pilgrimage. Her Master Set is also a part of this exhibit … highly recommended.

Taken at the Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University.


Hello Chicago!

Taken from the 36th floor at Michigan and Randolph, looking north toward the Magnificent Mile. That’s the Trump building on the left.

Filter added in Instagram.