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TED Session 12: Jay Walker, Jamie Cullum

1. Jay Walker

China will become the world’s largest English-speaking nation this year. English is the language of problem-solving. English is the world’s second-language.

2. Jamie Cullum, musician

3. Gever Tulley

Tinkering school for kids. No limits. Shows a rollercoaster built by 7-year-olds.

4. Barry Schwartz

Practical wisdom and the remoralization of professional life. Virtue. Nothing in a janitor’s job description that involves other people. But when psychologists interviewed janitors, they talked about how their job description was affected by people’s needs and wants. This improves the quality of patient care and enables hospitals to run well.

A wise person is made and not born. “We hate to do it, but we have to follow procedure.” “By appealing to rules and incentives, we are engaging in a war on wisdom and moral skill.” Incentives mean we don’t ask what is our responsibility, we ask what is our interest. Incentives are never going to be smart enough — they can always be subverted by bad will. We need incentives, but they demoralize activities.

We need to remoralize work, but one way NOT to do it is to teach more ethics courses. What we need to do instead is celebrate moral exemplars. No 10-year-old goes to law school to do mergers and acquisitions. Celebrate moral heroes. Moral work depends on practical wisdom.

5. Darius Goes West

Presentation on sterotypes press use to talk about Darius Weems, a person with a disability.

6. Liz Coleman, college president

We have moved away from liberal arts education — we have professionalized liberal arts to the point where they no longer provide breadth. The expert has dethroned the generalist. We have even managed to make the study of literature arcane. We yield the connection between education and values to fundamentalists.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson

Action-oriented curriculum: Rhetoric, design, mediation, improvisation, quantitative reasoning, technology.

Opening a Center for the Advancement of Public Action in 2010, a kind of secular church.

Where for you to start: We cannot have a viable democracy made of of experts, zealots, politicians and spectators. being overwhelmed is the first step. You have a mind, and you have other people. Start with those and change the world.

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