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Busting the Myth of the 'Average' Student

Liz Dwyer

Harvard neuroscientist Todd Rose was once a high school dropout with a 0.9 GPA, so he knows a little something about being an educational misfit. Now he's on a crusade to bust the myth of the "average" student and move schools toward what he calls the "edges." In this TEDxSonomaCounty talk, Rose details how the Air Force's abandonment of average-sized pilot seats led to more diverse, skilled pilots. Educating diverse students, says Rose, requires the "learning equivalent of adjustable seats."

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  • Hannah Kim

    This is a great, eye-opening speech. I feel that our education system is very "one size fits all", and so we alienate so many people with lots of potential.
    Only certain people are able to succeed -- and if you aren't on that track you're pushed off- and fall through the cracks.
    There are so many different things to do in the world- so many different types of people needed- so if we are trying to churn out one type of student (the "average" student) - it's not only detrimental to the students who fall to the wayside, but also the world.