How to fix a broken education system ... without any more money | Seema Bansal

Seema Bansal forged a path to public education reform for 15,000 schools in Haryana, India, by setting an ambitious goal: by 2020, 80 percent of children should have grade-level knowledge. She's looking to meet this goal by seeking reforms that will work in every school without additional resources. Bansal and her team have found success using creative, straightforward techniques such as communicating with teachers using SMS group chats, and they have already measurably improved learning and engagement in Haryana's schools.

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Author Shashank SP ( ago)
Why the accent?

Author Silent Winners ( ago)
how can I contact you?

Author kishor kumar ( ago)
what a smile facial gesture she is describing the achievements

Author Aditya Shankar ( ago)
well done Seema. The world needs more people like you. spread the smiles around.

Author نجوان صادق ( ago)
احسنتى انتى وفريق عملك
نحن بمصر نحب الهند جداً ونحب الممثل اميتبات شان وشاروخان
وانتم مجتهدون ورائعون ربنا يوفقكم ، نجوان صادق ، مدربة تنمية بشرية للاطفال

Author JUKEBLOCK II ( ago)
In the Middle East all the public and half the private schools are closed

Author Kelrick Barrow ( ago)
To whoever is reading: You should follow that feeling what you get in your heart. When something doesn't feel right or when something needs to be changed. But most of the time, make sure your heart is in the right place.♨💗💥

Author AnotherGeneric ( ago)
Sticks, stones, and a text message is all you need to fix an education system. Amazing!

Author Reasonable ( ago)
In my school, we take a standardized test that rates how well our school teaches certain subjects, which were English and Math. The average score in the school was below state average, so the school ordered English and Math teachers to give us more homework.

I don't know what made them think that was a good idea. Homework is supposed to be based around things that we learn in class. For me at least, I don't usually learn many new things from the homework at all, it just helps me memorize the things I learned in class.
The only thing that does successfully is make things a bit more stressful...

Author kavi keshav ( ago)
certainly theTALKER has not studied in India (or read NCERT books properly) these books provides activity at the end of each topic , but i hv never seen that activities making any difference .... this happens when u give the charge to solve the problem to someone who has never faced it . yet, best of luck

Author carson wesley ( ago)
The problem with American public schools is that many of them cater to the lowest class of the students, the students who do not care to learn. Teachers are stuck bringing up them are caring for them like they are babies, thus halting the rest of the class. Inadvertently, they are trying to bring the subaverage level students up to standard, instead of pushing standard students to reach their full potential. How can that be fixed? Im not sure, but the disruptive students have to find it in themselves. Personal responsibility. Trust me, I see it everyday in my classes in highschool.

Author sunway1374 ( ago)
I tink tis tings in the fiteen tousand schools should be fixed by twenty-tirty. Let's do it one ting by one ting, starting with the small ting first. Tis is good tinking to do someting good.

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Author Maznah Sakdi ( ago)
teachers are so underrated. most teachers are overworked and over-stressed but their salary is low. we need to treat them better like how we treat doctors, lawyers and all that. even being a teacher is not highly regarded in society as doctors, engineers or lawyers do. they directly teach us and our kids, give us the knowledge that we need to know for everyone to be a better person and that is truly admirable. great teachers can help slow learners to be advance learners. so teachers should be treated better, give them high salary and quit bothering them with unnecessary work like admin work, filing, check this and that and let them do what they're good at, teach. also progress to make teachers better too, if the teacher is not performing well, train them, let them go for courses so they can learn more and teach better. and this goes out to any kind of teacher, kindergarten teachers, school teachers, universities teachers, teachers who teach special need children, the work of all teachers are truly admirable.

Author Ahmad Anderson ( ago)
why was her crowd so doll

Author Anirudh Maru ( ago)
Very inspiring and commendable how people like her are dedicating so much effort to this cause with all their heart. A good education is definitely one of the fundamental rights of every child and probably the one issue that requires utmost attention in India. I hope more people step up to this cause and are able to transform the broken system. A society cannot get closer to being more equal if its education system is so unequal for different segments of the population.

Author aviti mushi ( ago)
This is a very smart woman, speaking of a very smart solution to an intractable problem.

Author OnceUponATimeThereWasAPersonWithALongUsername.TheElongationOfThatUsernameWasPlainlyLegendary ( ago)
- Let teachers do their work
- Use sticks and stones
- Communicate using cell phone apps


Author Don't Type ( ago)
how do you feel about press freedom in Viet Nam? I need an honest answer about my country, I need a freedom of understanding

Author Ivo Teixeira ( ago)
India really needs a change in the education/goverment system because in listening to this talk I immediatly though of those solutions before she mentioned them. And what scares me is that my own goverment might be doing the same thing, scratching their heads about problems that a common person might already have a solution.

Author Kandarp Gandhi ( ago)
May Mr. Prakash Javadekar ( Minister of Human Resource Development ) watch this.

Author sandeep chauhan ( ago)
nice work but it is work only 1% when the supervisor is come to check school (which is already inform to teachers) & all the things are created for one day....

Author Mudge ( ago)
Where's the part about fixing a governments entire system? This is all changing small local things.

Author DepthOfField ( ago)
Get rid of educational system altogether.

Author JL Gaming26 ( ago)
I thought of that sticks and stones thing in like 10 seconds 😂

Author Ken Gault ( ago)
Much of this is covered by Robert Mager's work: Preparing Instructional Objectives, Measuring Instructional Results, Analyzing Performance Problems and Goal Analysis, as applied to the Teachers and their management as well as the students.

Author xXRed ErrorXx ( ago)
she actually likes to say actually

Author Thomas Smith ( ago)
Another moral of the story, it's amazing just how rotten a system can get when most people in it just don't care, or feel hopeless. And it's great to see how quickly it can change with just one small group that cares.

Author Ryan 'Bliixz' Baker ( ago)
You want to change the education system in the U.S? Quit the standardization and work with every student individually - considering everyone learns and digests information differently. Critical thinkers are but a minority these days and usually rebel from the thought of higher education because they realize (In the U.S at least) it is nothing but a financial snare. Universities have changed in a major fashion... they are more of a business now... and the product you receive for your payment - a certificate and zero, "real world experience." (In a lot of cases)

Author 61Marsh ( ago)
this is some great work. only if the heads of education in the US had goals..

Author devvrat arya ( ago)
I have seen number of TED talks. But this one is an awe-inspiring example of real change only with persistence and ingenuity

Author Indrajeet Sahu ( ago)
Great efforts to bring in the improvements. The idea of using materials in immediate surrounding as a teaching aid is simple and effective at the same time. Use of whatsapp group for faster spread of information is an efficient move but what's more important in this case too is that there should be a mechanism to look over the implementation of orders texted are in time and up to the mark.

Author irma alam ( ago)
i wish more people had your sincerity and positivity! starting with myself. inspirational

Author Rumple Stiltskin ( ago)
Sorry Seema but to fix our education system we need to get rid of "No child left behind" and the now the UN's Sustainable Development's Agenda-21. It is the most hideous way to subvert our education system turning our children in stupid unthinking zombies. Also considering your accent I don't think you have been in the US long enough to be able to make a righteous decision as to Agenda-21's destructive capabilities.

Author Ayub Sabir ( ago)
I don't see how implementing some simple tasks by teachers is a solution to a 'broken education system'.

Author sunnysodapop ( ago)
What I don't get is...why doesn't ANYBODY SPEAK UP for the U.S education system....literally after 2 years of high school and then only thing i learned to form 1 sentence in spanish and some simple writing grammar...everything else was just forgotten and that's the issue ( While schools in places like india need more money and technology for kids to learn simple common knowledge, america which has it all ( mostly) implements usless subjects and crap that even teachers say we won't use or remember)

Author TheGerogero ( ago)
This talk is so bloated I feel sick.

Author Hey, Good Mornoonevenight ( ago)
Talk, talk, and more talk...
Can't believe she's an educator or problem solver based on her boring presentation without any info-graphic, video, more photo, statistics, and generally lack data.

No wonder Indian education is failing just like this feel happy cliche so call presentation.

Author Komal Singh ( ago)
Yes!! Seema Bansal go for it!! You've got the idea now start implementing it! This is REALLY needed

Author Sophia N ( ago)
This is excellent

Author belal reda ( ago)
we need that in Egypt

Author Raghav Agrawal ( ago)
Typical Ted talk, all smiles and big talk, she said they discovered "core issues" without saying what they were and how they discovered it, talked about "teachers using innovative tools " but didn't show what they were, no examples. She didn't illustrate the work at all. Just we did this.. and that that...

Author Wade ( ago)
Please help Brazil. Our education is almost hopeless.

Author Ciao chef Lev ( ago)
NGOs are just another type of western invasion, cultural and political invasion

Author HammerIsMyName ( ago)
Whoever is putting annotations in the middle of the video, trying to make us go somewhere else, needs to realize we're trying to watch the damn talk - Place the annotations at the end like most other channels do.

Author mlazos ( ago)
The real problem of education are the distractions children have today. Im teaching maths, and i know first hand how much TV the children watch every day. My suggestion first is to get rid of the TV in the house. In mine there is no TV since 2005. We replaced the TV news with newspapers. When the children want to watch a show they can find it online, but they choose instead of watching whatever the TV is feeding them. Without TV the family communication improved by a thousand. And children use their logic and can hold adult interesting conversations. Those are the first steps for a better education. But also requires parents to be thinkers of course and to be at least as intelligence as the children. I agree with improving the education, to spend less for war and more for schools but also at home the environment must be challenging. 11 years without TV and the family life is amazingly better.

Author Secret EyeSpot ( ago)
people like this give hope..*they're a sign* that there is hope

Author Ankush Menat ( ago)
You fixed a minor problem in an entirely shattered system, not a broken one. Indian education as I know it has been too standardized and killed any hope for creativity in children. 5-7 year olds are far too creative than you and me by nature, instead of cultivating that, education system just shoved standardized curriculum down their throat.
Teachers have soo much power in their hand. Partiality, abuse of power and grades through sycophancy is essence of every classroom... result? No healthy skepticism in students.
Grades, oh mighty grades. You know what happens in most first lectures? "Yeh chapters khas padh lo, exam k lie important hai" (translation: learn these chapters, it's important from examination point of view). Instead of teaching children how math and geometry can applied to real world problems, we give them useless numerical problems. Instead of teaching how historical events teach us the way of living, we force them to remember timeline of events with date/year.

Now let's talk about higher-ed, our universities don't have "major" system, students decide their major too early in life and a lot of them regret their decision. This happens mostly because they didn't have any idea about the degree program they were getting into.

Author Googol ( ago)
Gandhi would've been proud - intelligent socialism FTW

Author arun fgci ( ago)
Superb !! Great job *****

Author Dayane Oliveira ( ago)
The brazilian government should watch this

Author The Lazy Gamer ( ago)
What a waste of 14 mins of my life.

Author Nate ( ago)
She seems so enthusiastic. I am so sorry for her.

Author iLLzWiLLz Watu'z ( ago)
Oooh children are so dumb they can't do half of the things we could 10/20/30 years ago . Sorry thinks to technology and a work field that cares nothing about our parents .let's blame the school system that we all agreed with.

Author Factoid ( ago)
Morale of the story: let teachers teach.

Author Mac Crazy ( ago)
I see one wrinkle in that whole story. The school board knew something was wrong and was willing to change. Many government organisations worldwide do not realize that there is a problem and do not want to change. And getting a large-scale system to change when it is not willing is, at best, very hard.
Still, it is great for that place and I congratulate them on their success and hope it continues to work!

Author Rense Veen ( ago)
1. No figures were provided.
2. Problem was teacher were doing something else than teaching (5:02), however solution said teaching ideas were shared through whatsapp. If teachers were doing something else at the time they should teach how will they implement Ideas being shared on whatsapp

Author Jordan G ( ago)
Get the Federal out of it...BOOM solved. Bring back curiosity, imagination, and creativity...down with standardized testing

Author Mark Nicholson ( ago)
And why was no one clapping!? I thought she was great.

Author SeyHan3232 ( ago)
its so sad TED shows us how to make the world a better place but it never becomes reality...

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Author Tomáš Viktorin ( ago)
Wait you pay schools that have bad result to improve?

Author The Jaded Wolf ( ago)
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Education is the way forward

Author armag an ( ago)
give the child basics:
language skills
basic math
nature knowledge
and give them good books
.. 2 days a week is enough

Author Rahil Bhimjiani ( ago)
such beautiful accent she has got. indian and american equally balanced. Cute face too

Author GradeA's Kid ( ago)
Does she have a blocked nose? Why talk like you have cold?

Author Stephen Blackwell ( ago)
You could abolish affirmative action for a start.

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Author FreedomForceUSA ( ago)
There are more smart phones than toilets, I'd say they still must have massive progress in basic needs in addition to better education.

Author Anusha Singh ( ago)
What about when the teachers skip over activities like that in textbooks?

Author Alosh Parayil ( ago)
Great person great job hats off

Author NietzscheanMan ( ago)
Simple, as with any socialist disaster: privatise it.

Author Tanner Settles ( ago)
All education systems are corrupt. I'm done waiting for others to start a new birth of education

Author Prasanth Vasantharajan ( ago)
lol exactly wat happens in my state as well !!

Author BrendanMoto ( ago)
What about the broken education system in the U.S?

Author Tizzeres ( ago)
Finally, someone who actually want to progress a school system, instead of separating children based on the colour and praising one over the over because they feel guilt for the mistakes of the past. Why not move on and learn from the past's problems and actually try and progress the world, like Bansal.

Author Mk Sv ( ago)
Dafuq. All public schools in India don't look like that?

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