Apart from a forgettable part with Sal Kahn (see Because Khan Academy Doesn’t Receive Enough Attention, Sal Khan Featured In TED Talk PBS Special Next Week), I thought last night’s TED Talks “Education Revolution” show on PBS was fairly decent.

It was much, much better than their last one, though it was so bad they couldn’t really go anywhere but up (see Complete Unedited Versions Of Last Night’s TED Talks On Education (Including Bill Gates & His $5 Billion Boondoggle).

The real surprise to me was the section beginning from twenty-two minutes in and ending at about the thirty-second minute. Victor Rios, who I’m embarrassed to say I had never heard of prior to the show (you can learn more about him at this PBS News Hour segment from a few years ago, One Man’s Journey From Gang Member to Academia), gave a must-watch talk on grit and resilience – with a very different perspective than those who say “Let them eat character” (see The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning).  His talk was followed by an excellent short film on undocumented students in Georgia who want to attend college.

Here are a couple of excerpts from his talk:



Here is the entire video (which may, or may, show up in an RSS Readers0:

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit.”