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5 Inspiring TED Talks for Students

Whether you are a student looking for inspiring ideas or something interesting to watch during your downtime, here are some of the best TED Talks worth watching.

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

If you think there is nothing you can learn from kids, think again! Child prodigy Adora Svitak shares how the world could benefit from a childlike approach to learning. She posits that children are not the only ones who can learn from adults and that the latter can pick some important lessons as well from kids.
From having bold ideas to being creative and optimistic, kids have plenty to share to adults who are willing to learn.

Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: the power of passion and perseverance

In this captivating talk, Angela Lee Duckworth shares insights on her experiences as a math teacher for seventh graders in a public school in New York. Here she opens up about her observation on how grit and not IQ can predict success. This is an engaging and enlightening talk that puts the spotlight on the value of grit and perseverance despite the challenges.

Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career

A long time educator, Larry Smith has spent many years teaching and mentoring students. He received the Distinguished Teacher Award at some point and has served as coach to many students who have pursued a career in business. Here he shares a different perspective on what a “great” or successful career may look like. He posits that passion is important and that hard work is not the sole factor in achieving success. He also shares how the fear of taking risks can be a huge stumbling block for anyone who aspires for a great career.

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

This talk by Margaret Heffernan will make you change the way you see conflict and how it should not be avoided at all cost as many are wont to do. She shares a beautiful story of collaboration between a scientist who worked on finding out the cause of childhood cancers during her time and someone who worked on doing his best to prove him wrong. Heffernan manages to show how these two people’s unique way of collaborating is something that everyone, especially organizations, can benefit from.

Nikki Adeli: What standardized tests don’t measure

Nikki Adeli is a high school junior and Youth Commissioner in the City of Philadelphia. Here she shares her personal insights based from her own experiences as a student. One of the major takeaways of this talk was on seeing education not as a tool to create good standardized test-takers but rather on its important role in developing good citizens.

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