The theme at last night’s TEDxKC event at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was “Changing the Narrative: There’s Danger in a Single Story.” Presenters eloquently communicated ideas that challenged conventional thinking in areas of energy, politics, film, art, transportation, and technology.


The talks were bold, entertaining, and thought-provoking. It was an inspiring evening. I left pondering the question “What if we changed the narrative in education?”

To become more effective, to become more relevant, to meet the needs of modern learners, we could change the narrative. What would that look like?

  • All classrooms would focus on fostering creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.
  • Learning needs and aspirations would drive instruction.
  • Students would be empowered, not just engaged.
  • More questions would be asked than answers given.
  • We wouldn’t notice the innovative classrooms; we would notice classrooms that lacked innovation.
  • Iteration would be celebrated. We would worry that we weren’t failing enough, rather than worrying that we might fail.
  • Students would constantly teach and teachers would constantly learn.
  • We would let students pursue their passions, share their voice, and be the ones to change the narrative.

**TEDxKC will be aired on KCPT beginning August 21st.

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  1. Thanks Matthew. I am looking forward to watching it on KCPT later this month. I think your thoughts fit perfectly where many of us are with going 1:1.

    I will also be checking out TED-Ed clubs to see if I can fit this in my curriculum.


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