Toxic culture of education: Joshua Katz at TEDxUniversityofAkron

Joshua Katz is a high school math teacher in Orange County, FL.

Joshua's Talk:
In the mid 1800's, Horace Mann captured the potential impact of education on society. We have yet to realize the potential he saw, and in fact, we are missing the mark by a wider and wider margin. We have created a "Toxic Culture of Education" in our country that is damaging students, impacting our economy, and threatening our future. Since the passage of No Child Left Behind, we have embraced a culture of high stakes testing and are perpetuating a false sense of failure in our schools. We have ignored research and data on effective policy making practices in order to serve the interest of private industries that have monetized our students. The impact is being felt in communities, on college campuses, and in our economy. The solution lies in a common sense approach to student development, curriculum choice, career exploration, and relevant data analysis. This talk will present a vision of an education system that allows us to embrace our full potential if we only had the courage to ask "Why Not"?

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Author Leshego Lerutla ( ago)

Author The Kehwanna Coast ( ago)
If only they would listen to people like this man rather than throw stones at him. Ever notice that the good and fair ideas that are very much possible are labeled too good to be true or utopian while the bad unfair ones are called practical despite evidence showing otherwise? It's as if those representing the public purposely choose to go the bumpy hill on a wagon rather than take the incline down. Ethical and fair is not unrealistic, choosing to do the same poorly executed or thought out unethical and unfair decisions and expecting great results is unrealistic.

Author aeopmusic ( ago)
"I never let my schooling interfere with my education" ~ Mark Twain

Author Ruth Barr ( ago)
I didn't get maths until I was an adult, I'm great at anything creative. I'd hate to be in education now I'd be officially stupid. I'm lucky I was born in a time when education was open minded.

Author Bobby Morelli ( ago)
"We missed the point[...]"rigor" has replaced "relevant" "

Author love inallwedo ( ago)
Absolutely amazing!

Author Vlad Xavier ( ago)
A private education system works, so long as the state or feds are not masking tax payer funds for a monopoly...

Prove me wrong...

The ability for the state and feds to allow a monopoly on textbook material providers like McGraw Hill to be used for all education purposes is extremely illegal...

Monopolies ONLY work when the government is giving them immunity...

Author josh fritz ( ago)
i was taught about algebra and calculus instead of credit and loans. day # 756 since i graduated high school, and i have still not used either of those previously mentioned skills i learned there.

Author kisty phillips ( ago)
very informative. Thanks for sharing.

Author Erik Buchholz ( ago)
Home Economics is not rigorous? Doesn't that depend upon the course, not the topic?

Author Scott Crook ( ago)
I think I missed the logic here. Children suffer fools for parents and pay the prices for other's decisions. How will a smack-down on private education material providers change that reality?

Author Violet T ( ago)
Yes! Couldn't say it better myself. Thank you!

Author Adam ( ago)
am i the only one who this guy reminds of zack de la rocha? :)

Author Yvonne Lee ( ago)
i just love the fact how everyone HATES the education system, gave me hope in this world

Author Thu Ta Naing ( ago)
99 salted teachers disliked this xD

Author Vinny Champeau ( ago)
This guy needs a bigger audience.

Author Jason grant ( ago)
It true

Author heather west ( ago)
Classical education... learn about it.

Author joshua2799 ( ago)
What are we gonna do about it? I would just go with the system , as bad as it is or old, just for survival. I'm being realistic. I do agree with people like him and Prince Era, but are we going to do something about it

Author kichigaisensei ( ago)
Don't tell me that the private school industry has orchestrated the failure of public schools. There is no more powerful lobbying group in the United States than the NEA with the possible exception of the NRA.

Author Carson The unwanted man ( ago)
What I hate is that even the teachers know this is true. A few weeks back, i asked my math teacher when we were ever going to use what we were learning outside of school (I think it was exponents, but i'm probably wrong, my memory is fried). I asked her, and she looked at me with the saddest expressing i've ever seen that woman have, and she said "You most likely never will, and I'm sorry for that."

Author KC Bakeneko ( ago)
Of course this makes sense. He's in the trenches. He should be secretary of education.

Author Learning best ( ago)
how to get better grades:

Author Jordan Freytag ( ago)
Thank you, Joshua

Author Kenny Mota ( ago)
I spent my High School years in a public school, learned nothing. In fact all i saw kids learning was how to "fit in" how to "judge" how to divide eachother and how to be part of the next "social trend" its sad. I remember i asked my math teacher for help once and her response was " i cant help you, this is an independent class" i remember being so fustrated because i wanted to learn and was rejected IN A CLASSROOM. All i saw was a bunch of rowdy kids laughing at her response to me. This wasnt the only obstical i faced. Things like this would happen on a daily basis to other students. Being in such an ignorant enviorment made me loose motivation for learning and caused me to feel as if i werent cabable of achieving much, so i stopped going to school. I didnt drop out nor let the enviorment influence me, but my grades were horrible. This caught everyone by surprise because people knew how open minded and smart i was. Now, because, of this experience i learned how much of a buisnees school is made to uninform the kids of our future on issues that really matter. ive been educating myself as of recent. i learned more in this talk than 4 years at my public high school. I cant be anymore serious right now.

Author Wyatt Best ( ago)
Character is primarily learned from parents. The failure of American education is a failure of the American family. His solution is dangerous. We DON'T want educators replacing parents even more than they already do. The state, having discarded Christian values, lacks the moral foundation to tell students what is right and what is wrong.

Yes, private education publishing companies are sucking money out of the system, but government policies are enabling that. These companies don't make laws, politicians do. We, the electorate, are at fault for not replacing them with politicians who will not be bought by the education lobby.

Author Daniel Kwak ( ago)
May the corrupt educators see the light of personality and diversity, accept the real world and not a box, for when a corporation or government values numbers over achievements then ill not listen, for we are all different, and the school and school system doesn't accept this while also killing creativity therefore may this message be accepted, as life is an adventure, and not a road, may those who are against schools have the right to say what they want to say, for america and many other countries will not be great from education up, so please promote logic and value, and support this video, and not numbers and anti-logical reasoning, and have a great day.

Author Sunako Akazawa ( ago)
ok so they say that i'm the "best" student in my school, but i can feel school killing me. I am not really the "best", i don't really learn at home or anything, just my native intelligence and my luck (that's what i'm running on most of the time). And i told my mom that, when i was studying yesterday for a physics test that i didn't want to learn, that i didn't understand anything. Through the coversation, my mom asked me if there is anyone " better" than me at school. I told her "yes, a classmate. But it has nothing to do with it. She is good at math, languages and things like that, while i'm creative, and more connected to the spiritual side". My mom: " And how will that help you in life with?"
Me: "How are gonna physics problems help me in life?"
Mom: "Well what if you wanted to calculate the intensity of-
Me: "I can guarantee you that i will never do that"

Author Perky Pig ( ago)
I got my GCSE's in two months and it is scary to think that I may not go on to further education.

Author Getwidit ( ago)
Still in school. Soul is crushed. Soul is dead.

Author Nick Devereaux ( ago)
Teacher from Australia. I have spent hours sitting through the big sell of 'new systems', 'new products', 'new ways of 'teaching'' etc. Sighing at the same crap being espoused about this mythical group of children/ learners. If these children only had a decent 'new...' and add 'good teacher' they would all be doctors, engineers, etc so called 'successes' vs the current majority of 'failures'. Listening to Josh made me feel like it was me ranting again. I am so tired of this. I just loved Josh's views. I would add to not only valuing all the students, 'fish that can not climb trees' but also valuing all the occupations that exist in our communities. Without these 'failure' occupations, doctors and engineers would be nothing, lost, unable to do their job or decorate their home. We need everyone and everyone should be valued in our communities. We do not need new ways of proving failure but instead more ways of inspiring a future no matter what skill that requires or what role in society that may be.

Author TheMadMynah ( ago)
Wait a minute. This talk is fantastic, and it explains so much, but why are 90% of the chairs empty?

Oh, right. Nobody wants to change the system because "It worked well enough for me."

Author Aadit Bhatia ( ago)
Why would you need more textbooks for Algebra???????? I'm pretty sure that nobody needs to update Algebra. Geography is different.

Author Bighippie00 ( ago)
Unless you have the money to fight the money, nothing will get done unless if is for profit. This video is almost 3 years old, and there are videos like it that are older, and nothing is changing. Nothing will change, until it is too late...

Author DJ Aurorawaterz ( ago)
. :'-)

Author Lisha Yost ( ago)
WOW! This is definitely one of the best TED talks I've ever watched. Joshua, thank you! I am not a teacher, but I complete agree with everything you said. All the systems that our gov creates become corrupt because it's always about the money/prestige/power/ego, etc. Keep spreading the word everyone! Rigor vs. Relevancy! Exactly! School should be relevant, otherwise, what is it really for, other than to show how good or bad your schools are doing (via standardized tests) and some kids just aren't good at taking tests, it's that simple. And if there is any accountability in the school system, it should be that all teachers hold EACH OTHER accountable. Not some outside source/lobbyists, etc who spend no time in the classroom holding the teachers/students accountable. That is ludicrous. Anyone ever been to a 12 step program? The program works because no one is above anyone else, and everyone has the same goal and is there to help each other and hold each other accountable to be/become their best selves. It's about priorities and our gov has upside-down priorities. The gov systems are not in place because the gov cares about its people. It is all about money and control. If our priorities were correct, we'd care more about relevancy than rigor. I was actually good at math in high school, but I still don't know what a trinomial is and I've never had to use it outside of school in my entire life. Let's make school relevant again!

Author TMinus Neutron ( ago)
I had disagreed with this at first. Then I gave it another thought after I observed that students are given 30 minutes to create a project, or write an essay, they're given two days to study for a quiz atop of assignments in their other classes. So basically, the school system expects our brains to operate and function like machines, precisely remembering information, critically thinking and coming up with genius, creative ideas within a half hour or less, not only is it anxiety-inducing, it's not quite right, because, as a ninth grade honours student, half of my friends suffer from depression and anxiety, and are suicidal. They're considered to be the ones who are flawed, although, in actuality, the system may be flawed.

Author DarieGames ( ago)
This statement applies with me so much: "I met with our district and pitched an idea to bring back Home Economics, but this time as a math credit. First words in the response: “it’s not rigorous”. So, forget relevance. Forget teaching students about measurements, about taxes and discounts, about loans, about debt, event planning, or the reality of fractions. It’s not as rigorous as Factoring Trinomials."
As I'm exiting high school I'm seeing all of these real world numbers, like taxes and managing money. I'm lucky since my dad knows all that stuff, but what about the students who don't have someone to teach them those skills. It could be empowering for students to learn about taxes and budgeting. You know the essential skills that are useful in the real world.

Author Paul Buchanan ( ago)
What we really don't need is a shiny new mathmatics textbook every single year, and the same Social Studies book from 1994. Math is math, it's a static theory at these levels. Social Science, International Diplomacy, and Current Events build a more stable baseline understanding of their world. Then teach rote mathematics in their correct context, as a tool not an obstical.

Author Keyos ( ago)
It's getting worse too! Betsy Devos as the Education Secretary is going to make privatization of our schools a lot worse.

Author Zack Mitchell ( ago)
Totally agree!! As a college student I have no idea why I am studying such abstract Calculus for. Show us how and why we are learning all these stuff, and the hunger for knowledge will be with the students

Author Ghosty ( ago)
The reason why people value Math/Science more is because it pays more and we can determine if people are actually skilled in those fields or not. You either know computer programming or you don't. Can't fake skills in Math/Science since majority of people can experiment and come up with the same answers.

In Art, the grading system is more subjective. What may be A+ to someone is a C to another. Art quality is subjective. A picture of a toilet can be considered ART to someone, but it's not to another person.

Author Mandie Cain ( ago)
When he got to the part of a 3rd grader writing his own name, I lost it. As I sit here crying that is my son, exactly his story. The education system failed him. It took moving him to TX for him to finally write his name. And when, he had spent 3 mths at his new school, he actually wrote a letter to his sisters. It was at that moment I knew he was exactly where he was suppose to be. He finally had a teacher who cared, saw in him what I saw and believed in him as I did. It's been almost a year and it's time to redo the paperwork on the temporary guardianship for another year. It saddens me, that here in OK my son could not have received the same education. I hear and see the vast amount of comments on social media from parents and teachers on education and how broken it is here in Oklahoma but I digest it remains the same Ol same. We need real change, tangible change or I fear the students in Oklahoma are stuck. Once my son does come back to OK, I will have no other choice but to homeschool him if he is to have any chance at all as an adult in this world. I had friend once tell I had no right to be complaining because I wasn't in the PTA. Excuse me while I readjust my dog in this fight. As long as I have a child in any school I will always have a dog in this fight and every right to question his education. To push teachers to think outside the box. I refuse to accept the fact that my son is viewed as a dollar sign.

Author Robert Lancey ( ago)
I had to comment again I'm almost in tears. Joshua Katz is my new hero, this guy is amazing I'm so hyped I swear EVERY SINGLE POINT HE MADE IS 100% ACCURATE AND TRUE TO TODAY'S WORLD. JOSHUA KATZ!!!!!!!!!! This guy is amazing I can't stress it enough

Author Robert Lancey ( ago)
This is absolutely breathtaking, his articulation and emotional temperament is .... I don't know I'm speechless let's get this guy a household name somehow I'm just in awe

Author Christian Gerber ( ago)
he acts like its easy to educate 100 million people.

your not set in stone ether with standardized testing. there is plenty of people who dropped out, barely passed or just simply did not go to highschool/University who have done absolutely amazing in life.

Author Whales Drink Water ( ago)
This is beautiful

Author Dominic Arazmo ( ago)
I completely agree with this guy, I am 14 in the 8th grade and my grades were fine until the 8th grade, my grades are the worst they have ever been in my life. At the beginning of the 8th grade I had A's B's and a few c's, now in the 3rd quarter I have 2 d's 2 f's and 1 c in my core classes. I agree with him on how people are failing because they have no interest or curiosity in specific things. I am a smart person, but nothing in school interests me.

Author Morphwing //The Anime Savvanah ( ago)
Did I just hear a mic drop?
But I wholeheartedly agree as a middle-school student and think that Pearson and ALEC have no place in our society.

Author Thomas Schmitt ( ago)
Bravo!! How do we start as the parents of a 12-year old?

Author Sidney Liebrand ( ago)
I cried tears of joy while watching this video. ;*)

Author Seraph Lockhart ( ago)
The education system is flawed. Without a doubt. Students including me are made to choose a minimum of 7 subjects some of which have no real life application- not in your intended career path or interest- only because it looks good on paper. I try to be in the middle with my school work cause I do not want to be consumed by the competition that is (apparently) happening around me. No bragging but I do not require much effort to understand my subject matter and I do fairly well in this system but that DOES NOT mean I agree with it. When this man talked about Pearson I cheered him on in my head because honestly- what he said is so true. It's sad that people value a stupid mark on a paper more than your actually practical skills or thinking capabilities. The world is a messed up place especially with these conventional myopic views of education.

Author Damien DeLaGarza ( ago)
How telling such a small audience is...
A huge congregation for technology laden dystopian or utopian visions of the future, yet nothing more than a handful for the fate of innovation and creativity.

Author VideoMasher3000 ( ago)
Dude sounds like the naked ape.

Author TotalDarkness ( ago)
you can only do as well as the curriculum provided to you.

Author GrieverTV ( ago)
I've got to say.. This man is quite a phenomenal speaker. He not only hit every point of the truth, but also delivered with such a powerful impact. It's quite a shame that greed is such a powerful sin with such a devastating impact..

Author Craftman2917 ( ago)
And that's why my mom doesn't give me SATs for homeschooling. That's right, it's legal for homeschoolers to not take tests, at least for middle school because I'm not in high scool yet.

Author Stephen B. Smith ( ago)
Lebron James sucks

Author Sophia Insanity ( ago)
What he said about art subjects is entirely true. I've been heading towards an artistic field of work all of my life, I've talked with professionals and was shown possibilities and jobs revolving around art. School, on the other hand, has completely removed art, music and theatre as subjects. They don't exist. In my school, they just don't exist anymore, and the tragically ironic thing is that I live in Greece, a country famous for it's ancient history. So, in the ancient educational system in Greece, art was as important as mathematics because it was considered food for psychological intelligence. In today's time, we praise and admire the mental state of these ancient people and tell ourselves we should be proud of our ancestors, while completely ignoring their notions and discoveries. Instead we are too busy learning ancient Greek like it's being spoken outside.

Author evilsanta8585 ( ago)
he is right

Author AR Records ( ago)
This man should be the the president of the world.

Author Nate De Leon ( ago)
Honestly, I'm homeschooled which is a litter better than being public schooled in my opinion and this is still these ted talks are what keep me going through school without completely losing my cool when I study

Author Daisy Nuno ( ago)
I couldn't agree with you more. I currently work inside a low poverty elementary school. I hear the teachers mention exactly what your saying.

Author Melanie S ( ago)
I agree about toxic culture, and honestly teachers often are part of this toxic culture and bully the students who are different or don't do well. I've seen this with my very eyes. Testing is awful and should be done away with. But to give teachers more power, I disagree.

Author Elizabeth perez ( ago)
I teach my son I set the foundation for learning. btw "doing school" is a really good book to read

Author SRT480 ( ago)
We just elected a guy wh is putting private religious education at the top of the list for public schooling.

Author G'Karion Moore ( ago)
That's my teacher!!!

Author G'Karion Moore ( ago)
That's my teacher!!!!🙌🙌

Author The Machine ( ago)
Not to mention all the emotional abuse these kids receive from other kids that is not addressed that will literally last t their whole life.

Author Steve The Philosophist ( ago)
9:00 You forgot disability and morale. The faculty might not be bad faculty, but the idea of telling a student "you fail" is what's damaging. Video games leave players feeling fine about losing because they get to tackle everything again, and again and again, and immediately see what they did wrong. The struggle is worth taking hours of trial and error, because at the end of every day the game gives them infinite lives. Having a fail grade stick with your gpa and telling you that you have to ignore a year of effort on your part to make it disappear only shows students how limited their lives are.

Not to mention, if a C is average and a D is failing, the efficiency of the teaching system needs to be put in question because most students are on the verge of failing every term. B should be the average grade given by a good teacher.

Author Steve The Philosophist ( ago)
So much this! How can I help push this message as an experienced math tutor who is struggling to get a degree?

Author Theworldforacountry ( ago)
I so agree with you, Joshua!

Author Denise Duran ( ago)
Recently, I've realized that my biggest concern in this world is our health and education. In order for me to make a difference in education in the U.S. what should I do? Are there organizations out there that support 'changing the school system'.

Author Liberty4Ever ( ago)
why not allow teachers to create their own methods of evaluating the academic success of their students? That's a great idea! We could also improve the testing results if we just allowed students to grade their own tests.. or write their own tests. I agree with a lot of what was said in this video. Education for profit isn't the answer. But many teachers believe that simply throwing money at the problem will make it better. When I was in school there was one teacher for 30 children. Now there's a teacher and a teacher's assistant and the results are worse than we were getting 40 years ago. There was a bus driver. Now there's a bus driver and the bus monitor. And behavioral problems on the bus are worse today than they were then. True a lot of the problems are what was mentioned in this video. Their problems that started home. We do need more accountability but we have a government that provides a strong financial incentive for single parent families. We should start focusing on that problem.

Author Liberty4Ever ( ago)
why not allow teachers to create their own methods of evaluating the academic success of their students? That's a great idea! We could also improve the testing results if we just allowed students to grade their own tests.. or write their own tests. I agree with a lot of what was said in this video. Education for profit isn't the answer. But many teachers believe that simply throwing money at the problem will make it better. When I was in school there was one teacher for 30 children. Now there's a teacher and a teacher's assistant and the results are worse than we were getting 40 years ago. There was a bus driver. Now there's a bus driver and the bus monitor. And behavioral problems on the bus are worse today than they were then. True a lot of the problems are what was mentioned in this video. Their problems that started home. We do need more accountability but we have a government that provides a strong financial incentive for single parent families. We should start focusing on that problem.

Author D Merk ( ago)
everyone knows it isn't working but we just keep going

Author Anne-Catherine Mulhern ( ago)
The reason that teachers aren't given more power in policy making is because they've had a pretty bad track record. Growing up my teachers were abusive sadists who liked to humiliate students and abused their position of power in the classroom. It seems that the current climate, as corrupt as it is, at least doesn't put teachers in this position of power anymore, which I am all for. We don't need to bring back those days. Instead, we need to look at a different way, where students are in charge of what they learn, where they decide what is best for them and let them learn things that get them excited.

Author Michał Woźniak ( ago)
I agree to every single sentence spoken By Joshua, damn I was looking so long for someone who would clarify everything about education system. I'm grateful

Author Ryan Morin ( ago)

Author Francis Njuguna ( ago)
That voice was too breathy

Author Marshall Curtis ( ago)
My dad always said that one always needed a "well-rounded education" in college. This means "education for education's sake" in my mind, which is part of the "toxic culture of education". Me, I go along with Henry Ford's idea of learning only what you need to know, when you need to know it.

Author Addonexus TheDeestoyer ( ago)
I agree to some of this but i don't feel like everything is just a home problem and kids need more policies based on life goals. The problem really is comprehension for me for anything to do with algebra or geometry. I simply don't get it, its not anything to do with me or my home life. sure I have problems, absolutely, my house is far from perfect. However, this has nothing to do with my comprehension of math. What i do agree with, is the fact that education is all about money, and the system, they need to start caring more about their students and more about actually teaching important topics on a personal level rather than trying to cram facts and information. over and over and over. I have memorization issues, formulas go straight over my head, algebra isn't my thing but i make outstanding grades in literature and im writing novels currently, multiple. I love literature and i adore words and reading but math just goes over my head. People are simply given the ability to do somethings, we cant all be the jack of all trades and we shouldn't all have to learn it all and all go to college. The government tries to make it all too systematic and fact based. You can act like its the parents, or a fund problem, or a food problem, or the teachers problem, or whoever; but when it all comes down to it, the worst factor is the system as a whole, the little guy is just there. My name is a number, i don't even exist more than my student ID to the system. Teachers don't have time or patience to befriend everyone, just like i don't have time or patience to take every class. We cant expect everyone to excel at everything. I know people many people who make high grade averages. 4.0, sophomore year they're already getting college invites, they take all honers classes. I'v met those people, i befriend those people. But those people, the ones who conform to just doing everything they can and spending every waken moment studying for those tests and redoing and revising all the same work, none of them understand the world. I argue that the correlation between home-life and grades is real, but i feel like societies idea of a good home life is causing what society calls good grades, and in reality those are the problems. We're breeding people who don't even know their rights and don't even understand how other houses work at all differently because they know nothing other than to conform. A teacher yells at them for being in the wrong place at the wrong time because something happened at home and they're upset, they instantly go to victim blaming themselves, they conform to every thing society wants. We don't have an education system. We breed lab rats, they work in labs and work with rats, but they're no different from the rats they test. They're impulsive and work to get that little nibble of cheese and then report to the guy above them who takes all the credit. These people that society considers intellectual geniuses don't even know that there is anything different from the way they live. I honestly had someone tell me onetime they didn't even know that washing clothes without separating them was even physically possible, in all seriousness and reality they had no idea that it could even be done. We're creating a race of robots that know nothing any different from how they're told to do something, and that, that's whats wrong with the education system. We tell them collage is knowledge and stick that in their brains while teachers have 4 years of it and make barely over minimum wage. The richest people that have ever even lived or walked the face of this earth barely had education at all, most of them not even to a third grade level, and they ran the country and created the internet and built us to where we are. Do people not know that 1/3 college kids are assaulted in some way? do people not know that most homeless people had college? do people not realize that if everyone had college we're in the same situation as if absolutely no one did, making us all equal again and put in another job finding problem situation? But that doesn't matter because college is knowledge, and above all debt is key, we can work it off by the time we're 40 at a job we don't enjoy, but we don't know that but what is joy. that's the world we live in today. We haven't burned the books yet, but the way things are going, Fahrenheit 451 may have predicted the future. People who don't understand anything except accepting that they exist and they have to conform to society. People that accept every piece of information the government feeds them. People that feel no remorse for the dead and see life like a task no different than sleeping or watching television. We even have groups of people so confused that in order to evade one system they go to another in which they rebel against everything and ask for every freedom they can get their fingers around, so eager to get away that they get stuck in another conformative state. It's pathetic

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Author G J W ( ago)
We need to change the rule of the education system. Students need to have the freedom to learn what they love to learn.

Author G J W ( ago)
Interest and love to experiment, and learning from mistakes, in any freewill to achieve, then you will be successful

Author College Meltdown ( ago)
Wow, Joshua, you hit all the bases about the education racket and how "savage inequalities" (Kozol) lead to "degrees of inequality" (Mettler).

Author Geneva D-Smedes ( ago)
This is almost like a spoken word. Haha. I like it.

Author Scott Jeffrey ( ago)
This guy should be in educational administration.

Author Samantha Sakmar ( ago)
I remember taking a standardized test in purple crayon. I was 5 and it was awful.

Author ohmusicsweetmusic ( ago)
We never went to the moon. Sorry.

Author Leah Long ( ago)
Thank you so much!!! You spoke exactly what I feel and now know. I hope that change does happen because my passion for becoming a teacher was snubbed out when I learned about all of the money that was made off of innocent children. The desire is still there but I know that I would be going into a profession with my hands literally tied behind my back and that is not my vision.

Author Josaia Namoumou ( ago)

Author adam jeffery ( ago)
Here's the thing tho, your idea is great, but most teacher aren't as good as you and won't want to do that

Author Colonel Dick Faggotson ( ago)
Hey corporations, leave the schools alone

Author Aviator1681 ( ago)
Aren't we already do this in college? I agree we need to move it down to high school; but things kids learn in elementary and junior high are the basics that are required to do anything regardless what one might want to do in his/her future.

Author Ellie Galvez-Hard ( ago)
Thanks for your talk Joshua-I will use it to illustrate passion and education in my Child Development course. Well described reality of what is wrong with our unequal educational system!

Author pillmuncher67 ( ago)
Non vitae, sed scholae discimus. -- Seneca.

Author siloPIRATE ( ago)
How and why do you have assignments in kindergarten and 1st grade?

Author siloPIRATE ( ago)
but if everyone has a college degree, no one does

EDIT: Your talk made me think of Syndrome's 'when everyone's super, no one will be' line. Barely two minutes later you bring Syndrome up. Coincidence? I think not!

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