Toxic Culture of Education – Joshua Katz at TEDxUniversityofAkron

Please give the kids of Kingston 17 minutes to hear Joshua Katz, a high school math teacher in Florida, clearly explain what is wrong with the current state of education (its not the students and teachers!), this ‘Toxic Culture of Education’, and what we can do to get out of it.

Toxic Culture of Education –  Joshua Katz at TEDxUniversityofAkron

Joshua’s Talk:
In the mid 1800′s, Horace Mann captured the potential impact of education on society. We have yet to realize the potential he saw, and in fact, we are missing the mark by a wider and wider margin. We have created a “Toxic Culture of Education” in our country that is damaging students, impacting our economy, and threatening our future. Since the passage of No Child Left Behind, we have embraced a culture of high stakes testing and are perpetuating a false sense of failure in our schools. We have ignored research and data on effective policy making practices in order to serve the interest of private industries that have monetized our students. The impact is being felt in communities, on college campuses, and in our economy. The solution lies in a common sense approach to student development, curriculum choice, career exploration, and relevant data analysis. This talk will present a vision of an education system that allows us to embrace our full potential if we only had the courage to ask “Why Not”?