The Story of Stuff— this video should be required viewing for all educators and students! Illustrates the problems of mass consumerism and how most systems, including school, manufacture desire. The consequences of this desire, and of the rampant consumerism that follows, is a human collective alienated from each other and the rest of the world, leading to the destruction of Earth’s biotic communities.
Alike (short, animated film)– wonderful little film about a kid and a father who discover the pains of conformity. Almost makes me cry every time.
Jack Black Meets a Homeless Kid in Uganda–Have tissue nearby when you watch this.
“Be A Man.” One of the best TED talks I’ve ever seen, by former NFl’er Joe Ehrmann. I’ve also attended one of his workshops and have about 6 pages of notes. If you’d like a copy of them, email me. Ehrmann says that the three words, “Be A Man” have become “one of the most culturally destructive mandates in this culture. If we could change these words, we could change the world.”
Charlie Chaplin Greatest Speech ever. From the Great Dictator (1940). “Wow” is all I have to say….WOW! Here is another version with some very moving imagery. From the clip: “We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness.” I watch this clip and sometimes think he is talking about both the problems of education and the potential of it.
Alan Watts: Live Fully Now, Wisdom of Youth, How Do We Define Ourselves, The Secret of Life, Awakening, and most importantly Playing the Game of Life. Watch these and ask yourself: Why education? What kind of education? For what?? Could watch these videos EVERY DAY!!
Gabor Mate—The Power of Addiction…Addiction to Power….AMAZING talk on behavior, especially the dysfunctional kind. This talk will help you understand people!
Help for Kids the Education System Ignores. This is an amazing TED talk by Victor Rios about the significance of teacher-student relationships and of the importance of strengths-based approach to education.
Panyee FC Short Film. This short film is about a group of boys in a Thai fishing village who wanted to play soccer but didn’t have a field. How they solved this problem is inspiring! This video will amaze you. A perfect testament to the power of play and community!
The Power of Validation (2 videos)
Caine’s Arcade 1 & 2 — A boy creates an arcade out of cardboard boxes and ends up inspiring millions of people to do the same. Yay for the power of creativity!!! All teachers should show this video to their students—-then let them create their own arcade.
Science Set Free: Rupert Sheldrake’s TED talk— Should shake your assumptions up a bit.
Sugata Mitra–Hole in the Wall Education TED Talk — Great speech about constructing knowledge through meaningful activities.