TED-Ed Clubs: What High Schools Don’t Teach, but Should!

Regular readers know how much we love TED-Ed Talks. Recently, I learned about a new branch of TED called TED-Ed Clubs, whose mission is to “celebrate the ideas of young people around the world.”

I’ll tell you more about this exciting idea and how you can create a Club; but first, I want to share a Club talk from a high school student named Aliezah Hulett.

Aliezah’s talk, “Preparing Students for the Real World,” addresses the many subjects that students aren’t taught in school but would help them beyond the classroom. It’s a pet topic of mine. In fact, I wrote “Tools for Teaching Financial Literacy to Kids of All Ages” for Learning Liftoff because students do not learn basic finances in high school, but they will need to understand finance as adults.

As Aliezah says, “If educators focused more on our real lives, then maybe that won’t be as scary for students or as scary for parents.”

Aliezah suggests that schools teach the following subjects:

Watch Aliezah’s five-minute talk:

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Creating your own TED-Ed Club

The good people of TED are justly famous for sponsoring thousands of wonderful talks. As you might expect, they are world-class experts in public speaking, or “presentation literacy.”

Being able to present your ideas in a convincing, compelling manner is a critical skill young people can learn. TED-Ed Clubs provide what’s needed to gain competence and confidence in presenting. More than that, it’s a forum that encourages kids to value their own ideas about the world.

Here’s a great two-minute introduction to TED-Ed Clubs:

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Generally, these Clubs have at least five students and an adult facilitator who is “affiliated” with a school or educational organization. I confirmed with them that a homeschooling parent will qualify for a Club.

Once you apply and are accepted as an official Club, you gain access to TED’s valuable tools and training to help students practice presentation skills and, ultimately, give talks that can be posted and shared around the world.

Interested? Here’s more about why you’d want to start a Club, plus some FAQs. What a great thing to do: by helping teens express their beliefs and ideas more powerfully, you’re truly preparing them for that “real world” Aliezah talks about!

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