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Thought-Provoking Videos

The purpose of these videos, is to help inspire the transformation of our education system in order to deliver the education that students deserve.  All of these videos are thought provoking.  Most of these videos are motivational.  Many of these videos are controversial and question the status quo.  Please enter this page with an open-mind and leave with a fierce passion for whatever it is that you believe.


For each video, the description includes the title, author/speaker, running time, appropriate audience, and a brief summary. Please consider sharing some of these videos with coworkers, parents, students, and community members.  Although it is often important to "Preach to the Choir" (to keep them singing), these videos need to be shared with others to help keep people open-minded.


ULTIMATE CHALLENGE = Share one of these videos at a staff or faculty meeting and follow it up with a discussion.  If you are able to do this, please share your story in the comments below regarding how the post-video discussion went.  Also, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions.

*** Please share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of the page! ***

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Sir Kenneth Robinson

Running Time: 20:03 minutes

Audience: Everyone

Sir Kenneth Robinson, one of the leading authorities on the tranformation of education, delivers an exceptionally thought-provoking TED Talk on how schools undermine creativity, rather than foster it.  This should be required for everyone in the world to watch (over and over).

Why I Hate School But Love Education

Suli Breaks

Running Time: 6:07 minutes

Audience: Anyone with an open mind

POWERFUL:  Suli Breaks is an ultra-talented spoken word artist.  In this video he discusses his frustration with schools.  He delivers a powerful message that forces you to question the way our education system is designed.  Below his video on YouTube, Suli poses thought-provoking questions such as:


"Why is it that some of the most high profile and successful figures within the Western world openly admit to never having completed any form of higher learning?"


"Does success in the school system correlate to success in life?"


"........we should ask ourselves whether qualifications still hold the same value now as they did in previous years?"

Hackschooling Makes Me Happy

Logan LaPlante

Running Time: 11:13 minutes

Audience: Anyone who wants to be inspired about Lifelong Learning

Talk from :Tedx University of Nevada

Logan LaPlante, at age 13, delivers a game-changing TED Talk about what he wants to be when he grows up.  Hopefully Logan's answer to this question is a wakeup call in education and something that educators focus on more often. This video is great for all.  It is great to show students of all ages.

First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

Derek Sivers

Running Time: 2:57 minutes

Appropriate for Everyone

Excellent video by Derek Sivers which illustrates the importance of first followers in creative and innovative movements.  This is a great video to inspire you to be brave enought to start your own movement, to lend support and follow another movement.  This is a great video for educators, students, and innovators.

How NOT to set goals: (why S.M.A.R.T. goals are lame)

Brendon Burchard

Running Time: 12:31 minutes

Audience: Everyone

Brendon Burchard provides some much needed inspiration to challenge everyone to stop perpetuating the status quo and to start dreaming and thinking about BIG things.  This is a wonderful video to inspire innovation.  This is a great video for educators, students, and innovators.

Dream - Motivational Video

Mateusz M (YouTube)

Running Time: 6:19 minutes

Audience: Those who need inspiration to pursue their dreams.

Motivational Video

The following is part of the transcript of the video, and an important message!

It's very important for you to believe, that you are the one.

Most people, they raise a family, they earn a living, and then they die.

They stop growing, they stop working on themselves, they stop stretching, they stop pushing themselves.

A lot of people like to complain but they don't wanna do anything about their situation.

And most people don't work on their dreams, why?

One is because of fear, the fear of failure "what if things don't work out"?

And the fear of success, "what if they do and I can't handle it"?

These are not risk takers.


Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon Sinek

Running Time: 18:34 minutes

Audience: Anyone with a project or cause

In one of the most epic and powerful TED talks ever delivered, Simon Sinek explains the importance knowing, understanding, believing, and living the "WHY" behind any project or cause that you are implementing.  He gives examples such as Apple, Martin Luther King and the Wright Brothers to show how great leaders inspire action, through the power of "WHY" they are doing what they are doing. This should be required for everyone in the world to watch.

Bring on the Learning Revolution

Sir Kenneth Robinson

Running Time: 20:57 minutes

Audience: Everyone

In this 2006 TED Talk, Sir Kenneth Robinson delivers a thought-provoking call to action regarding our education system.  He discusses our reliance on standardized testing and why this ineffective model should be replaced with personalized learning.  It should be required for everyone to watch this (over and over).

The Puzzle of Motivation

Dan Pink

Running Time: 18:36 minutes

Audience: Everyone - especially educators

Daniel Pink gives one of the compelling and inspiring talks on the topic of motivation.  He discusses the importance of instrinsic motivation and how the key factors are autonomy, purpose, and mastery.  He mentions companies such as Google and 3M that have utilized 20% time to foster an environment for this type of motivation.


This video is the driving force behind the 20% Time & Genius Hour movements in education and is extremely important for educators to watch.  The concepts described in this video should have a profound impact on how we educate, empower, and motivate students.

Choice, Happiness, and Spaghetti Sauce

Malcolm Gladwell

Running Time: 18:15 minutes

Audience: Anyone trying to create the "BEST" product possible

TED Talk by author Malcolm Gladwell.

Most of the video that are featured on this website are very straightforward, with clear implications to education.  This video is extremely important, but the message is not quite as obvious.  Watch this video and find out what happened when Pepsi tried to create the "perfect Pepsi" or the spaghetti industry tried to find the "perfect spaghetti sauce".  


After watching this video, please consider the analogy to education and the implications it may have to personalized learning.  This concept should be an eye-opening one to educators, especially in a time when technology and resources allow for the ability to deliver personalized learning experiences.

How to Escape Education's Death Valley

Sir Kenneth Robinson

Running Time: 19:11 minutes

Audience: Everyone

In his most recent TED Talk, Sir Kenneth Robinson explains the three main principles which are crucial for the human mind to fluorish.  He then explains how our current education system works agains these principles and how we can empower this generation of students.  This should be required for everyone to watch (over and over)/

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

Kid President

Running Time: 3:27 minutes

Audience: Anyone who needs a pep talk. In other words, everyone.

The description on the YouTube video sums this video up best:


We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Kid President, knowing this, has put together a video you can play each morning as you wake up or to share with your friend who needs a kick in the right direction. Take a moment and spread some encouragement. "It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance."

The Happiness Advantage

Shawn Achor

Running Time: 12:29 minutes

Audience: Everyone. Immediately.

At the Tedx event in Bloomington, author Shawn Achor delivers an entertaining and very important talk.  Shawn discusses the importance of happiness, research conducted on this topic, and ways that you can increase your happiness.  This video is one that everyone would benefit from watching and then implementing the strategies immediately.

How Search Works: Google Searches

Matt Cutts

Running Time: 3:14 minutes

Audience: Anyone who wants to know more about how search engines work

A key to being an effective learner in the 21st century, is the ability to do high quality research on the internet and determine the credibility of information.  This video by Google employee Matt Cutts does an excellent job of showing how search engines operate.  This overall concept should help put the process into perspective and help anyone become a more efficient internet researcher.

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

Sugata Mitra

Running Time: 22:31 minutes

Appropriate for anyone interested in the future of education

Sugata Mitra delivers a very insightful and thought-provoking TED Talk on the future of education and Self Organized Learning Environments.  School in the cloud!

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