Toxic culture of education: Joshua Katz at TEDxUniversityofAkron

  • Опубликовано: 2 май 2014
  • Joshua Katz is a high school math teacher in Orange County, FL.
    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"?
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Комментарии: 1 060

  • Sherman Thompson
    Sherman Thompson День назад

    This is killing!

  • Mike D
    Mike D День назад

    You probably wrote this out, all scripted. No problem though, you're totally right.

  • akaKsmooth
    akaKsmooth 2 дня назад

    It's called tech school bro

  • Shubhra Agarwal
    Shubhra Agarwal 4 дня назад

    Thank you, Mr Katz, for being the voice of all the teachers and students who agree with you.

  • HotWax93
    HotWax93 5 дней назад

    If you want to know how far backwards education in America has gone recently, look no further than the University of Wisconsin. Recently, students there demanded the removal of a statue of Abraham Lincoln because they believed he was a slaveowner! Yet somehow we let these idiots graduate from our high schools.
    Fortunately, I went to school in an excellent district. In elementary school, we had to take classes in music every year and art from second grade on; in middle school, we took shop; we had to take Spanish up through sixth grade and art every year. In high school, there were two foreign language electives, as well as several science and AP electives available to us. I don't think I had any clasmates who didn't have the basic skills they needed by the time they graduated.

  • Insolent Nihilist 2
    Insolent Nihilist 2 5 дней назад

    Choose this man as your Secretary of Education. The Youth of America deserve better than bombastic billionaire Betsy DeVos!

  • Video Game Addict
    Video Game Addict 6 дней назад


  • Zahra Shameez
    Zahra Shameez 6 дней назад

    Im surprised that songs like despacito are viewed much more than this. If this issue is addressed properly and with a larger audience it could be possible to change the future of our society because what are we really doing with ourselves now?

  • Zahra Shameez
    Zahra Shameez 6 дней назад

    Make me want to learn

  • Zahra Shameez
    Zahra Shameez 6 дней назад

    Plz tell me someone listened to this and did something about it.Coz if no one does i eventually will.

  • kareszt
    kareszt 8 дней назад

    Vote Stallin. And call everyone fascist.

  • The Elementers
    The Elementers 8 дней назад

    I agree with everything i am in 6th grade

  • Washboard Man
    Washboard Man 8 дней назад

    They didn't teach me any of that in home economics. All I learned was how to deep fry and bake.

  • Elle M
    Elle M 8 дней назад

    The first few seconds of this video and I knew that I wanted to watch all of it.

  • Obsessed Fangirl
    Obsessed Fangirl 8 дней назад

    This needs more views

  • The Catholic Unschooler
    The Catholic Unschooler 10 дней назад

    Please check out 'The Catholic Unschooler' to learn how to educate children without school! Thank you!

  • anny791
    anny791 10 дней назад

    Someone needs to tell this man to slow down because he will get heart failiure in a couple of years. There have been attemps to fix school system since Plato yet no one has succeeded.

  • Datamike
    Datamike 11 дней назад

    Sounds like the problem with United States is that nobody values vocational- or trade schools. I presume there are such schools in America. At least here, we have plenty of them. Our education system is slightly different, but essentially after 9 years of grammar school (10th year is optional), a student graduates and is ready to attend 2nd level of education, which are essentially either a vocational school, business school, or lukio (our version of high school). Students who want to go to college have to first graduate lukio, but those who would rather learn a profession go to vocational schools, and I really mean that; they literally learn a profession or a trade, like a welder, carpenter, etc.
    Seems to me, at least based on this speech, that the US places too much weight on every student needing to finish college, as if it was the only road to a respectable job and a future. By what I've heard, watching people like Mike Rowe, the situation only keeps getting worse with hundreds of thousands of jobs going unfilled because they are manual labor.

  • nooby guy
    nooby guy 12 дней назад

    Also that shameful Einstein quote its a cheap way of making a speech 'powerful'.

  • Dusty Chan
    Dusty Chan 12 дней назад

    No wonder I like The Incredibles and Wall-E so much; they're basically metaphors for our education system.

  • Luis Muñoz
    Luis Muñoz 13 дней назад

    It's like the education system is trying to shape us all into the same person, which is horrible because it assumes every student is the same, and it creates a future with a society whose members have almost no diversity in the way they think. Any society NEEDS people to have unique ways of thinking in order to come up with solutions to complex problems and innovate in ways almost no one can think of.

  • Helena Saldric
    Helena Saldric 14 дней назад

    I say Equity not Equality!

  • RainbowRose ______________
    RainbowRose ______________ 14 дней назад

    I would also say we always learn the book stuff.But we don't learn anything streetwise.Especially how we are not learning things we will need when we are older such as how to learn financial things .We learn how to solve for x but they don't teach us how to deal with real life situations like how to fill up a gas tank.Also lemme just say if you're a teacher and you don't intend to be happy and make students like to learn than there is the door byeeee😂✌

  • vicky m
    vicky m 15 дней назад

    I used to top every exam in school and I am jobless.

  • austin gae
    austin gae 15 дней назад

    The government already knows this. Education isn't education.

  • Terry B
    Terry B 15 дней назад

    Great talk. The thing which is really difficult to determine in the lower grades and on to high school is trying to tailor a curriculum to a student's aptitude when it may not be apparent what the student's aptitude is at that point because they don't know themselves what they'd like to do in life. Even engineers may not like algebra and calculus but eventually decide they do have an aptitude for a career that uses it. I'm totally for a system that does not force subjects on students that have no aptitude for it and try to tailor the curriculum as much as possible to a student's needs. How it's possible on a practical basis, we'll have to see. For example, people who may want to go into hotel management, restaurant management, auto mechanics, are never going to need to do a quadratic equation and integral calculus. The simplicity of learning elementary math, fractions, percentages, learning personal finance and other practical subjects are much more important. Teaching some subjects just causes bored students to lash out and become bullies and worse out of frustration.

  • ReeseL4D
    ReeseL4D 16 дней назад

    The essence of Marxism is equality.
    The public school education system is based of free, equal education.
    In order to achieve equality, standards must be lowered to accomodate bottom students.
    Marxism is a failure. Equality is a poisonous idea, including in schools.
    The end result is failure, laziness, mass poverty, stagnation, and decline.

  • Savannah Evans
    Savannah Evans 16 дней назад

    One of my teachers asked to get white boards on the desks because it would help us as the students show what we are thinking she had to wait 4 months to get an answer we got them but what took so long if it’s going to help us give it to us

  • Savannah Evans
    Savannah Evans 16 дней назад

    Why don’t we get taught things we need to know like how to do your taxes like people have to do those every year but our school system just thinks we will figure it out but as years go by less and less people know how to do things like taxes

  • leon Warner
    leon Warner 16 дней назад

    Somebody give this teacher an apple, and a promotion! I was lucky to have a couple of teachers like him in high school. The kind that found ways to show "us" kids things like confidence, pride in our work, and work ethic while still teaching the standard curriculum that the lawmakers wanted.

  • Haseeb Music
    Haseeb Music 17 дней назад

    I love this

  • Dave Ward
    Dave Ward 17 дней назад

    If you want to improve our educational system, first deport all illegals along with their anchor babies.
    Give those remaining US CITIZEN STUDENTS an IQ test to determine the quality of their individual gifts.
    Once students have been sorted cognatively their personal circumstances can be addressed.
    The average, gifted and highly gifted students will succeed in greater numbers once unhampered by the below average and dull students.
    Then he can apply his plan of teaching those below average students a trade skill.

  • Dave Ward
    Dave Ward 17 дней назад

    Build The Wall Deport Them All.

  • Luboman411
    Luboman411 17 дней назад

    Great talk! Too bad that from the angles and the way the camera was placed, along with the darkened auditorium, one can tell that there's almost no audience. So...yeah...great speech given to an almost empty auditorium...

  • Peni S.
    Peni S. 18 дней назад

    This guy is a communist and I don't think he knows it.

  • Stephanie DeGange
    Stephanie DeGange 18 дней назад

    this story is so true!

  • joshua Johnson
    joshua Johnson 18 дней назад

    He sounds a little like Oprah

  • Owen Flint
    Owen Flint 18 дней назад

    Have you ever asked for help on your homework, especially math, and they say "I haven't seen this in years" Yes? It means they don't use it

  • Suicidal Turtle
    Suicidal Turtle 19 дней назад

    not nearly enough views

  • Siera Steil
    Siera Steil 19 дней назад

    you know i just guess on standardized testing also having curriculum always changing is hard to deal with

  • William Fifelski
    William Fifelski 19 дней назад

    Thousandth comment

  • Elias Altman
    Elias Altman 19 дней назад


  • Tricky Hunter
    Tricky Hunter 20 дней назад +1

    9th grade wtf? -20 iq

  • HairGlitter hairglitter
    HairGlitter hairglitter 20 дней назад


  • kevin akame
    kevin akame 21 день назад +1

    I feel like is a large amount of students boycott going to school and just stayed home in large groups so the school loses money it might send a point across

  • sn3192
    sn3192 21 день назад

    this is another story of the power of capital to undo all the regulations in place that prevent it from siphoning public money and destroying public institutions like education. this is what uncontrolled private capital accumulation is capable and motivated to do. and this is also where democracy comes to die...

  • Dusty Stahn
    Dusty Stahn 22 дня назад

    You are correct as far as you go but you left out one important element that gains from the toxic  education system, governments. People who can think and have high self-esteem are hard to control but people with low thinking ability and low self-esteem are much easier to control. To govern is to control. Thinking people are a threat to governments.

  • vsleboss cacakaka
    vsleboss cacakaka 22 дня назад

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    They do not repay,
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  • macie l
    macie l 22 дня назад

    *cough cough* the current secretary of education

  • Feral the Earthworm
    Feral the Earthworm 23 дня назад

    betsy duvos down voted

  • Jonathan Ortiz
    Jonathan Ortiz 23 дня назад


  • Whoo711
    Whoo711 23 дня назад

    Thomas Edison, for instance, had a meager education, right? Along w/ various other inventors back in the day, for starters. I think John D. Rockefeller had a meager education as well. Lots of the initial American tycoons probably did not go to college or perhaps even graduated hs, yet they did ENORMOUSLY WELL
    and, to some extent, helped society along the way

  • Whoo711
    Whoo711 23 дня назад

    How can we even be sure that *the rises in educational stands for K-12 that were mandated in the 1950s*... directly "produced" a lot of our smartest, most-innovative people decades later??
    How can we be sure that they *would not have otherwise, w/ a few years less and a few credits less of schooling*, with their intelligence, have produced similar achievements??? Education CAN be a pathway to success, but folks who are gifted and highly intelligent are likely to succeed regardless, assuming they have the minimal skills, work ethic and introduction to the fundamentals.

  • Whoo711
    Whoo711 23 дня назад

    Why does he keep saying "abuse social welfare"? I thought the rate of abuse or fraud is, like... only 2%??
    Also... is it really "abuse" if your job prospects and prospects of social mobility aren't that HIGH to begin w/? If all you have, given your circumstances and town, don't lend you much 'career opportunity', and the best way to 'stay afloat' IS social welfare... well, it's not terribly surprising that they'd choose to live and stay fed than starve and get even less.

  • Afonso Carvalho
    Afonso Carvalho 24 дня назад

    Good grades doesn't mean intelligence, means the ability to decorate.

  • kathrynck
    kathrynck 25 дней назад

    meh. If you're unhappy with the education system, and many people are, then you'll enjoy hearing someone rant about it's shortcomings. But there's all rhetoric and no 'meat' in this monologue. Despite the fact that there are problems with the education system, some of these proposals are very bad ideas which would undermine core educational standards. It's an argument for turning public education into a trade school. Which would be beneficial to some, but a disservice to many.
    Bottom line, for all practical purposes, school is a babysitting service first and an educational system second... so if you don't actively pursue education and edification independently from the school curriculum, then you're not going to be very well edified, or well rounded. That's always been the case. The only really big problem with the current education system is that there's an atmosphere of putting political correctness above education, which has crippled what little education had actually been occurring.

  • roxo166
    roxo166 26 дней назад

    My college and all the colleges in my province are currently on strike right now (going into three weeks) because teachers want more freedom with the curriculum and increased/equal wages for part-time and and full-time staff. They need this guy to help them come up with some kind of solution so they can get back into the classroom asap!

  • Tap_Rack_Bang AR15
    Tap_Rack_Bang AR15 26 дней назад

    I'm in favor of option one....the system is too corrupt to be reformed, too many companies getting rich

  • Jay Kaulitzke
    Jay Kaulitzke 27 дней назад

    All the major issues that we have in this country simply comes down to our corrupt federal government. Anyone with enough money to bribe our elected officials can get them to pass laws that will allow them to make even more money regardless of the harm it causes to the people. If we want to fix the education system or anything else in the US the first thing we need to do is get money out of politics and make lobbying and corporate campaign contributions illegal.

  • Folgrin
    Folgrin 27 дней назад

    All of this countinues through most colleges. All the students focus on is remember the test answers just long enough to pass the test, then all the info falls out of their heads

  • Tapashya Rasaily
    Tapashya Rasaily 28 дней назад true....every teacher wants to help their students....but in the end we get blamed for a failure that is institutional

  • TheMtwisdale
    TheMtwisdale 28 дней назад

    Amen Brother!

  • thearmy88ify
    thearmy88ify 28 дней назад

    That toxic culture of education starts at home with the parents. Those parents, if you look at the demographics, has to do with race and their individual cultures (values and morals). It is very simple, not all cultures are equal!

  • The Firehill Group: More than just real estate.

    Can I get an Amen?!?!

  • Dank Cate
    Dank Cate 28 дней назад

    will anything ever change?

  • Vanessa Samayoa
    Vanessa Samayoa Месяц назад

    Great message :)! However... It wasn’t completely enjoyable to listen to because he sounded like he was yelling the whole time. He is very passionate-with reason, but however, I would prefer not to hear yelling throughout a full presentation.

  • denzal689
    denzal689 Месяц назад +1

    I want to be successful in life. To me, that means being rich. I'm all about money because I'm sick of being poor. I'm in college, but for the first time in my life, I'm failing some of my classes. And I strongly believe that higher education is important for being successful. I'm not good at anything; I don't play any instruments, I don't see myself gaining a cult following on YouTube or something. I'm good at geography, but what's that going to do?

  • CC Cuber
    CC Cuber Месяц назад

    *Listens intro*
    *Gets Prince Ea Flash back*

  • Ron Smith
    Ron Smith Месяц назад

    Did we get to the moon because of the German scientist that came here after World War II???

  • Jammy Dodger Dodger
    Jammy Dodger Dodger Месяц назад

    Einstein failed his exams & he was a genius! Says it all really😋

  • Buzzy Anderson
    Buzzy Anderson Месяц назад

    Aren’t you afraid for your life?

  • Julia Shook
    Julia Shook Месяц назад


  • SKYRULE-49
    SKYRULE-49 Месяц назад +1

    8th grade I made great comic books, by my senior year I can't make fake news. So I joined the Army!!!!! I could of been the next Stan Lee.

  • AGENT 042
    AGENT 042 Месяц назад

    Why do I feel like after this speech this guy committed suicide with 8 bullets in the back of his head?

  • Brody Slime
    Brody Slime Месяц назад

    I would say mind blown but I already knew this. I am just glad you people agree

  • William Worsham
    William Worsham Месяц назад

    By the way, the rote is not a bad thing. If anything, attempts to kill the early rote have messed up the ability to, for instance, identify grammar and usage errors. Should be a matter of muscle memory by 8th grade but it isn't in a big way

  • Arwind Armories
    Arwind Armories Месяц назад

    This video is sorely under-viewed... We need to share this around a lot more, especially for those who have gone through the trials of "standardized tests" and their solutions...

  • Socrates Antonatos
    Socrates Antonatos Месяц назад

    A kid in my class drew Spain controlling all of Iberia, it makes me want to die.

  • jessi kjehdys
    jessi kjehdys Месяц назад

    That's pretty true in my school we used calculators a lot but this year they got taken away from us and the shocking truth was revealed that several people didn't know what 8 x 3 was it took us a while until we could actually learn something new because we had to learn what multiples where again I'm in 8th grade we learned multiples in 2nd and 3rd people where stressed and all the teacher kept telling us was that if we don't learn our multiples now we will not graduate and will be like "those people" working at a gas station

  • DAS 2 END
    DAS 2 END Месяц назад +1

    I just want to learn how to animate(2D and 3D). Sure I can teach myself but it would be very cool and nice to have a class. I'm in my junior year and I finally got 'accepted' to get in a class that SAID programming, designing, and animating which was said in the description. I was so hyped and excited that the first day I was happy then afraid or upset. 1st day, wake up, get ready, 1st 2nd period are done, we get to third the class I wanted so bad here's the first thing he said. "How many of you all came to this class because of it said programming, design, etc" EVERYBODY raises their hand "Ok well we will do a LITTLE bit of programming but this class is mainly about solving computer and business problems". You have no fuckin idea how much will power I had to put in to not break the computer.

  • Alekai
    Alekai Месяц назад

    Wait she couldn't solve 2x9 and she was in 9th grade...? Did I hear that right?

  • Mirek Heikkila
    Mirek Heikkila Месяц назад

    Damn he should run for politics, and if sends dic pics i won't give AF! :D

  • Spencer Chase
    Spencer Chase Месяц назад

    Also check out the hand the Rockefellers had in creating the current education system.

  • notagoon695
    notagoon695 Месяц назад

    911 comments had to comment because you know

  • Stacey Walker
    Stacey Walker Месяц назад

    This guy is right on point!!

  • jackalot irl vids
    jackalot irl vids Месяц назад

    Lets not forget, we have to go through this process of limiting creativity and the rest for 180 days of school.

  • Synapsis Flame
    Synapsis Flame Месяц назад

    I hated school its not a place for learning at all it just being handed useless facts to spew onto a page. I bloody despise my English class I don't understand how the pull meaning form something meant to entertain. But I am one of the best in sciences and metal works but I am unable to do either of them. I also wish I could actually study what I am interested in not what is deemed nessecary

  • Nacira Nacira
    Nacira Nacira Месяц назад

    I totally disagree, the math is necessary specially at the first age even not all of people can assimilate it but it's necessary because it activates the inactive neurons in the brain, and extend the assimilation capacity of several issues in life

  • Michael Parish
    Michael Parish Месяц назад

    It wasn't private education companies demanding accountability, it was the parents of the kids who couldn't count by 2 up to the number 18 at 16 years of age. Because to have the chance to be creative you first have to learn to read, write and count. Those are things too many students can't do.

  • Austin Muncrief
    Austin Muncrief Месяц назад


  • devesh kariia
    devesh kariia Месяц назад +1

    the below are the real comments with content ........ a video should not be rated on likes & views but on comments & its contents ...... that's one more drawback of youtube as it takes 5 sec to like and 1 sec to make that video viewed but 2 min to comment on an average

  • Paul Janet Eck
    Paul Janet Eck Месяц назад

    We must take the underlying concepts presented here and share time-after-time with the public-at-large. Mr. Katz is spot on in his messaging and deserves our appreciation. Keep on pushing, Mr. Katz.

  • There's No Place Like Home
    There's No Place Like Home Месяц назад

    I think if you'd take a look at the history of public education, you'd realize that it's doing exactly what it was intended to: creating the next generation of "factory workers" who do as they're told. Education was never really about education in the first place. It's always been nothing more than an institution for social engineering.

  • AliceCreatingWonderland
    AliceCreatingWonderland Месяц назад

    I am proof that one can achieve great accomplishments, within the schooling system. I graduated high school with a 2.3 GPA, and that GPA was not the lowest I ever had. When I entered college, I achieved a 3.7. I got a hundred percent on the very first paper I ever wrote at a university, with a little bit of help. What this shows is that not only can anyone achieve to be a 4.0 student, but the effort put into education matters. I never applied myself to school until community college. But when people saw my GPA, they dismissed me because they had the idea I wasn't "smart;" when they should've had the idea that I just didn't apply myself. This is how one should look at anyone who hasn't had great success in school. Anyone CAN achieve greatness, they just have to put in the effort and time needed to become that greatness. LOVE this ted talk.

  • Kirito XD
    Kirito XD 2 месяца назад

    200 dislikes are from politicians and taxes eaters

  • Morgan Hilton
    Morgan Hilton 2 месяца назад

    i had this dude as a teacher for geometry honors for a while due to a mistake as i had taken geometry already. He was quite eccentric, but man did i learn more geometry in a couple weeks then i did for a whole year prior. Left the class with a 102 percent lmao.

  • Livium129
    Livium129 2 месяца назад

    Yet my math class has not changed textbooks in 17 years

  • Lily
    Lily 2 месяца назад

    I just want to say that as someone who always gets the As, comes top in maths and is overall a good student, this is also a very bad problem for the "succeeding" students, so many of us also have anxiety because we become afraid to fail, to ask for help because the school system gives us the image of being what students should strive for, good grades, as a result so many of us end up stressing themselves out hoping to actually live up to those images

  • ProtogenViolet
    ProtogenViolet 2 месяца назад +1

    My favorite TED talk because it's just so true.

  • Anthony Eller
    Anthony Eller 2 месяца назад

    Thank you!