Illustration by Dawn Kim.

What should we do with the quiet kids? A TED Ideas conversation with Susan Cain on the future of classroom education.

The “app generation” struggles with creative writing — as a new study shows, they’re turning into realists. Here’s a mini summer reading list that might inspire some wild thinking.


17 public school teachers working in locations from Kildare to Kathmandu, Johannesburg to Oslo, tell us what they earned last month, and give us a sense of how they spent their salaries. Their responses show that it really doesn’t matter where you are — certain worries and goals are universal.


Scientist and artist Randall Munroe does something pretty special with his two sites, “What If?” and xkcd. Bringing together the absurd and the thoughtful, he treats serious subjects with levity — and teaches us all a thing or two along the way.

As the president of Bennington College, Liz Coleman challenged the status quo of a higher education system more concerned with growing endowments than with training the next generation of public servants. Now heading the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, she’s focused on a more fundamental issue: what will schools teach? And what does that mean for the future of our society?


George Siemens taught the first “massive open online course” back in 2008. Now working at the University of Texas Arlington, he shares his take on why the class form is still valid — and what might happen next in higher ed.

“The narrative is not if but when and how and to what extent will this completely transform the way we teach our students.” Hear from Daphne Koller, co-founder of online education pioneer Coursera.