TED and the American Dream Blog Project
TED is an organization that gives people, some you’ve heard of and some you haven’t, a worldwide platform to share ideas that challenge, excite or motivate them to take some kind of positive action.
The TED organization was co-founded by a former graduate of the international boarding school Miss Gareis taught at in India. That school’s mission statement is “Education for a World of Difference.” This is the “Global Dream.” The Global Dream is about the pursuit of social ideals that make a positive impact upon the world as a whole…ideals such as the world wide enforcement of basic human rights and freedoms (like we talked about with Frederick Douglass) or the ethical and sustainable use of global resources (like we talked about with Transcendentalism)…it is most often (not always) concerned with community and planetary preservation. Many people spend their whole lives advocating for the Global Dream. Many other people ask, is it worth it? Is it possible? Why should we care?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a modernist novel which gives one perspective on the American Dream. The American Dream is about the pursuit of social ideals that make a positive impact upon the individual’s personal and immediate community…ideals such as equality, democracy, personal freedom and prosperity (like we talked about with Catcher, The Great Gatsby and all our coming of age short stories)…it is most often (not always) concerned with personal consumption. Many people spend their whole lives chasing after the American Dream. Many others ask, is that dream actually obtainable?
Either download the free TED app or go to WWW.TED.Com/talks . Choose any five talks…there are more than a thousand of them with new ones being added weekly…and watch them. Each talk has subtitles in multiple languages so don’t be discouraged away from complex topics. After you watch each one, answer the questions. You’ll turn these questions and answers in to me in class right when you return from Spring Break.
Choose your favorite one of the five talks you watched and in a comment post a link to it on the blog along with a ONE PARAGRAPH recommendation BEFORE your return from Spring Break.
BEFORE you return from Spring Break you will watch one of the recommended videos (one that you did not already watch) posted by one of your peers or a student from previous years and respond to it thoughtfully in a comment on their post…that’s all the guidance you get…be thoughtful…aka…THINK and then respond.
TED Talk Questions
- What is the name of the talk, the name of the speaker and the date the talk was given?
- Be honest…what made you choose this talk?
- Summarize the WHOLE talk in a maximum of five sentences.
- Is the idea expressed in this talk focused more on the Global Dream or the American Dream? Explain.
- What did you agree with that was presented in this talk? Explain.
- What did you disagree with that was presented in this talk? Explain.
HOW YOU WILL BE GRADED:
Watching the talks and answering the questions is worth 70 points.
Choosing your favorite, posting and recommending a Talk is worth 20 points.
Your thoughtful response to another person’s recommended Talk is worth 10 points.