Category: Interviews

Too many teachers in the US are struggling to get by. Here’s what we can do to help.

We entrust teachers with the world’s most important job: educating our kids, says researcher and dean Gregg Garn. So why aren’t we paying and treating them in a way that shows they’re valued? In 1892, a man named David Ross [...]

Why dance is just as important as math in school

Dance — and physical activity — should have the same status in schools as math, science and language. Psst: it may even help raise test scores, says Sir Ken Robinson. For several years, I’ve been a patron of the London [...]

Three ways to help any kid be more creative

The world’s problems demand bold, new solutions, so today’s children need to develop open, agile minds. Composer Anthony Brandt and neuroscientist David Eagleman tell you how to nurture them. Our children spend many of their waking hours in the classroom. [...]

How to exercise when it’s the last thing you want to do

Wise ideas from psychology, behavioral economics, business — and even activism — to get you moving. Excuse #1: “I don’t have the time to exercise.” The fix: You’ve got plenty of time; the trick is being intentional about how you [...]

5 simple tips to help you have a real conversation with a teen

A quick guide to get beyond “Fine” and “Whatever,” from child psychologist Shelja Sen. Parents often talk about how tough it is to talk to teenagers, how their kids won’t say anything or listen to them. Let’s take a typical [...]

Practical money advice from a self-taught financial advisor

Curtis Carroll turned his life around in San Quentin by learning the stock market, and now he’s teaching others to do the same. Here, he shares some basics to know before you start buying stocks. Curtis Carroll is a sought-after [...]

Character design 101: How to infuse a drawing with personality

How do you give a drawing of a zebra finch a clear personality? How can you use your personal relationships to infuse a drawing with character? TED-Ed animator Lisa LaBracio, who directed and animated our lesson “How do birds learn [...]