Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums

Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education — and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world’s poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn. And this informal, disruptive new kind of school, he says, is what all schools need to become.

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  • Hyderabad had way way better schools in 2010(at the time of this video).

    Santosh vasa May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • What was the name of the school he mentioned in North Queensland, Australia @ 16:08?

    Tao May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Love this Charles :))) Also, thanks for highlighting the work of the amazing social entrepreneurs who've made valuable contributions to people in dire need xx

    msGvious May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Coloquem tradução nisso, por favor!!!

    Delly da Silva Gomes May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • My obese uncle managed to make the most beautiful pole dancer I've seen in my life fall in love with him as he ran the Cupid Love System (Google it). I wish I became pleased for him but I dream an elegant person would fall in love with me. I'm extremely green with envy. Does that make me a horrible individual?

    suroj sipai May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • I read through most of the responses on here. I really think this is a brilliant video. My cousin simply wishes to get awe-inspiring with girls. He came to understand a lot from a internet page called Master Attraction. (Google it.) The help on seducing chicks from nightclubs in the emails coming from that site helped get got him his very first fucks in around 2 years. I got annoyed however coz I heard them all.

    Ruby Delwin May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Life sucks. My cousin has begun dating a 10 as 8 weeks back he registered to a site called Master Attraction (Google it if you wish to learn how.) I'm envious since I would like to just fall in love as well. I'm going to take a look at this Jake Ayres man's material. Bizarre point is, he previously had Zero luck with women. How do you change so fast? His lady's like a model.

    Shreezan Ban May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • This year I am enrolling in a university and I'm quite worried it will be a waste of time. Looking closely at my character, I see that self educating might have given me more than school because I am actually learning while I'm doing it practically instead of theoretical learning. Besides, what is a university degree worthy of these days anyway? I'm a shop assistant right now and many of my colleagues have a university degree or two at something. Talk about the usefulness of it.

    Dance With Me Then May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • TED>BigThink x a million

    samala51 May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • TED talks just rock my world

    John Abrams May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Donny's List an online directory for people who are dedicated to teaching online, through free video applications (like Skype). We want to connect people (regardless of where they are) with quality teachers and not place restrictions on what application a person can use or how long lessons take. Find out more about Donny's List – Join the list for free and connect with students.

    Donny Dey May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • education = decrease in birth rates = better living quality. healthier planet

    Piett K May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • i agree, its that same rhetoric of rationalizing inequlaity

    sgtmcwallace May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • what if everyone is educated? there will be no hands to work in farms,factories or other low paid jobs. Education can bring many positives to world but it can be destructive to. Just imagine what will happen with Europe or America when millions of highly educated workers from Africa or Asia will take over job markets? these means competition…cheap workers…lower wages.
    Sorry for my english

    Pawel Wlodarczyk May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • @99missingperson99 totally dude, same thing here
    in the modern system (i'll leave out the monetary side) if you want to be radical and innovative you better stay at home and pursue ideas which make you feel at home. the current system does not take into account that each individual is different and that educaton should be given on case by case basis.
    the internet is the frontier where we can evolve faster, become better and have fun while doing so. the web = future of education

    nublex May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • @vortical911 Its the same kind of education that we are also getting in India, more memorization and theory n little practicals. We need much more practicals than theory in the school education. I agree with you.

    Edukondalu Ch May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Pull not Push…wow, am sooooooo sad that my childhood is ruined.

    megalibra82 May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • There is no simple way to generalize education throughout the world. One aspect as he said, that education should serve the purpose of the community (e.g.: to make a living) is completely true. However, the school system that exists 2day tries 2 teach al the BASICS like arithmetic, art etc which lay a foundation n inspire kids 2 develop in somethin they find interest in.Personally, the system called "GURUKULAMS" (in ancient India) is the best system of education.It is simply living the education

    Nik Villuri May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • From my experience in High School, it was almost an attitude that education and fun are incompatible. I remember my favorite history teacher complaining/apologizing to us that he was almost completely restricted to teaching just the facts required for the SoL (standardized test) and therefore could not make the subject interesting. Basically teaching to the tests. Yet, history as facts serves no purpose. It should be taught like philosophy. Dates and names by themselves are pointless.

    Daniel Delos May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • @JamesThWilliams Applied to elementary school math it would be more along the lines of instead of teaching "5×5 = 25" teach "to multiply you need to add the first number to itself x ammount of times, x being the second number". I teach at the university level and have students who can multiply up to 12 x 12 instantly but have no idea how to go about tackling 13 x 14. Now imagine those people trying to work out dosification in hospitals. It's not teaching facts, it's teaching skills.

    QuijanoPhD May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • @99missingperson99 yea i know what ya mean during my Undergrad years I have very few Profs that entertained creative new approaches to deconstructing' concepts of absolute "knowledge" unfortunately the majority of us have experienced a dogmatic religious approach to knowledge and even worse is the useless experience of high school… even when you find open minded prof they are jaded by yrs of dealing lobotomized youths who crave the broken system model i agree with the home and library card 🙂

    Th3Wab3 May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • @vortical911 watch Sir Ken Robinson's videos from TED. My favorite.

    TheBigTaste May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • @vortical911 @vortical911 I agree. Instead of teaching facts (the square root of X is Y) we should teach techniques (to get the square root of X do this). If we did that we'd have capable, creative thinkers and problem solvers who learned organization and analytical / problem solving skills instead of "facts". Even courses DESIGNED to teach critical thinking (ie. Literature) have been turned into fact-giving courses (Language Arts)

    QuijanoPhD May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • accessibility, technology, motivation and relevance is the cure for education, and that these differ from one country to another and from one social class to another

    Simon Jones May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • @xilliah
    I'd love to learn German, but as a native English speaker I find it hard to learn any other language. I was never pushed or even advised or motivated as a child to learn another language and I now regret it. I think everyone should. I'll be going on holiday soon, Berlin is one of my destinations 😀 As I have experienced though, it's much easier to learn a language in it's home land.

    Grymyrk May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • wtf?

    Dimitri R May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Log in.
    Log out.
    Log in.
    For this?

    The 'vuvuzela button' came in handy for this talk.

    chas ames May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • @vortical911 I'm sure a lot of people agree, but I'm not sure that those people would be able to make informed decisions such as when voting. Nor do I think they would really understand the world around them. I understand the reality of practical "right-now" concerns but people still need to know about history, science, and literature. Otherwise you just have millions of HVAC technicians who don't really know anything :

    majinspy May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • @xilliah
    completely agree to that

    Ancurio May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • What education needs is the state to get out of it

    NietzscheanMan May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • I'm Dutch.

    I had to learn French. I didn't like French. Quite some people told me French people don't even speak English, or any other language, and don't try. If you are not native and speak with them, they act as if they don't understand you. I dislike French even more now.

    I met German people online, and this sparked an interest in Germany and the German language. I learned it and am studying in Berlin now.

    English was always handy for games and the internet.

    Push or pull anyone?

    Tony Groenewoud May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • @t3tsuyaguy1 cheers!

    melancholiac May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • @VitriolicAC

    Leadbeater is a cool name. But I don't know it means he's beating the lead or he's hitting some silvery metal.

    Sumgai May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • I live in Finland 🙂

    T.J. May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • lol @ the vuvuzela button

    Arthurmax180 May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • time for a change huh!

    Ghost May 23, 2020 4:39 pm Reply

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