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Harvard University: Conan O’Brien in conversation with Harvard University President Drew Faust

Comedian and television host Conan O’Brien joined Harvard President Drew Faust at Memorial Hall for an entertaining chat about the importance and lasting value of an arts-and-humanities-based college education.  

Wendoverproductions: Why College is so Expensive?

College is expensive in the U.S. and students are in debt. Why is this? Wendover Productions analyzes what makes higher education so expensive in the U.S. Some of the reasons: professors cost money and new facilities are expensive. But a that there are more people attending higher education than ever before.

TED: This virtual lab will revolutionize science class | Michael Bodekaer

Virtual reality is no longer part of some distant future, and it’s not just for gaming and entertainment anymore. Michael Bodekaer wants to use it to make quality education more accessible. In this refreshing talk, he demos an idea that could revolutionize the way we teach science in schools.

Big Think: Lawrence Krauss: We Need to Teach Kids Creative Thinking

“Education is far less about a set of facts than a way of thinking,” says the professor and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss. “And therefore what I always think should be the basis of education is not answers but questions.”  

TED: How I Stopped the Taliban from Shutting Down My School | Sakena Yacoobi

When the Taliban closed all the girls’ schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching — and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.  

Milken institute: Creating Smarter Cities

In this discussion hosted by the Milken Insitute, the future of cities are discussed. At this juncture, we have good notion of what a 21st century city should look like. In many ways, though, our cities don’t match that picture. Among those concerns is the effect of declining municipal finances on urban infrastructure that’s in …

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Jeffrey Brenzel: The Essential Value of a Classic Education

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Essential Value of a Classic Education. Jeffrey Brenzel is a philosopher, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University. Brenzel argues that not only can reading the great classics like Plato’s Republic and Dante’s Inferno enrich your education, it can actually make your life better.

Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course

TED presents Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan who has developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online — giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks — they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well …

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