Our failing schools. Enough is enough! | Geoffrey Canada


Our failing schools. Enough is enough! | Geoffrey Canada

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100 thoughts on “Our failing schools. Enough is enough! | Geoffrey Canada”

  1. El Hass Jr says:

    In my country the problems are beyond this!

  2. Canned Distrait says:

    I think education shouldn't exist, we should just learn things on our own.

  3. ritnim says:

    This is one of the Ted talks that are extremely under acknowledged and deserve way more attention.

  4. SpiffingLadyCat says:

    looks like Prince Ea has drawn a lot of inpsiration from this

  5. FlashHD says:

    Look at your neighbor and copy the one who is doing the best without compromising fun.
    Finland has innovative education and Holland has the most rehabilitation penal system.

  6. Rose Dempsey says:

    I LOVE this man. I wish he was Secretary of Education and could convert all our schools to what made his Harlem Children's Zone such a success

  7. Ando Rexurix says:

    The whole issue with the education system is the premise where you're being stupidly marked over subjective fields, such as English and other artistic courses. It's a static system, that simply does not fit everyone.


    Coincido en que los problemas de la escuela siguen siendo los mismos desde hace más de 200 años. Las políticas educativas no se construyen desde las bases sólidas que la comunidad educativa requiere.

  9. Voltaire Voltaires says:

    Our schools are not failing. There's room for improvement but they're certainly not "failing."

  10. Grant Parker says:

    The reason why school is out during summer is because before air conditioning was invented it was very hot in schoolhouses, this is pretty outdated nowadays

  11. alexis grasso says:

    Agreed, Dr. Canada! but for one thing: let's encourage innovation in public schools and track the results. Only support for excellent, free, primary, public education can insure that it is not merely our affluent children who succeed!

  12. Gregory Fuller says:

    I think we should get ride of grades level like 1st to senior years and I do a scale system while students move to the next class when they able to do skill required in that scale and we could get More Steve jobs and bills gates in this world by having 7 years in college who able to do all the skill required in the scale level

  13. Jessica Sha says:

    our teachers on their phones during class time 😤

  14. Lee Howard says:

    Its always about money.

  15. The Life Of Aboi says:

    Please come to Inglewood Unified School district. Our schools our failing!

  16. Free2BMe says:

    Wow!!! One of THE BEST Ted Talks I've heard.  Thank you Mr. Geoffrey Canada!

  17. RussianDrago says:

    I think the problem is that school has become a money making machine and the Government DOES NOT want to stop making money!

  18. Justin says:

    comparing business and public education is a fallacy because businesses can choose their products, whereas public educators can not.

  19. Mark Paren says:

    Interesting presentation, however … the education system has worked well for a large portion of the population.

  20. A. F. Nik. says:



  21. Mr incrdible says:

    love to see positive black people changing the world keep the good work up.

  22. acrophobe says:

    schools aren't businesses, and shouldn't operate like them. enough of this "business model" nonsense.

  23. Lenny23217 5 says:

    School succeeded in making me fail.

  24. Victoria Matthews says:

    “School systems are the microcosms of society.” In society, professional actors, singers, and athletes are highly paid and greatly respected; however, in schools, teachers are not on that level of financial gain or admiration. Like society, schools glorify male athletes, and female athletes are few and always less important. Also, students are more interested in pep rallies, school dances, sport games, and peer popularity, and those, who excel in academics, are considered nerds. In addition, the hierarchy of the school system needs reorganization whereby prestigious administrators are not over-paid and their salaries are equal to teachers . . . The structure of school systems has not allowed for change.

  25. TJRO 1121 says:

    I am tired of these mothafu** schools in this mothafu** country

  26. Holobrine says:

    Whenever someone in politics tells you "we can't afford it", always remember that they really mean other things are more important. In this case, ask yourself, was the Iraq or Afghanistan war really more important than our education? How about more than healthcare? How about more than college?

  27. Joan Landes, MA CMHC says:

    Your kids don't have to be trapped in government schools anymore. Check out to find out how.

  28. Arlena Willes says:

    It's just not only failing children of color but those who have intellectual disabilities as well sad but true. A one size fits all education aka common core is failing our children.

  29. Psoriasis Channel says:

    This speaker is a force for good. I shared on Facebook. Thanks.

  30. Gameboob says:

    8 mind in and he's just being vague and circling and the subject. Feels like he didn't plan a coherent speech. Not worth listening to

  31. Arlan Berglas says:

    Let's collaborate to Help Students Succeed! – Together WE can make a difference!

  32. Timothy Brown says:

    This is a bunch of nonsense. First, if children can't retain something through summer then the way they are learning is failing. If a doctor said, "Man, I can't remember a thing I learned in school about this procedure. I better go back to school!" would you trust him or his training?
    Defining success as going to college is stupid! If we managed for everyone to get a Ph.D. in some field, who would build the houses and clean the offices and harvest the crops? We value college so much because it put people in a higher social class, not because they were necessarily more useful. We need all kinds of people to do all kinds of jobs and we need as a society to value these people and the jobs they do.
    Also, the idea that our schools are failing compared to other nations is a myth.

  33. Beck Parsons says:

    He boasted that his charter school had a 100% graduation rate. He lied. His school failed to educate 35 of the 97 kids 2006 class of sixth graders. Only 62 graduated. That is not 100%, it is 64%, less than ⅔.

  34. Tom Cahill says:

    get the govt out of education

  35. Joseph Hamilton says:

    I like this guys enthusiasm but expressing he fact that “there is a huge problem guys wake up this should be fixed” is much easier said than done.

  36. Randy Rogers says:

    Most students don't fail because they can't do the work. They fail because they don't want to do the work. I didn't hear anything about getting failing students to want to do the work.

  37. Kalum George Tocher says:

    This man is just simply brilliant!

  38. Evan Flynn says:

    Best thing is that you don't need to do the trial and error with your own kids for every idea. Look internationally to the most successful public school systems in the world and emulate. Finland gets to the top public schools in the world year after year. Why? No private schools. If the rich want their kids to have a good education they'd better make sure every other kid gets one too. They also require more training in their teachers. They also pay their teachers really well, too. They're given the resources to do their job. There are no tests except in their final year. There is no stigma against getting a trade instead of a degree. They have courses available to kids wanting a trade that go toward their apprenticeship courses, so they can stay in school with their friends learning and having their elective courses be trade recognised courses.they do this by building their schools near trade schools, or close enough that a short bus trip can get them there and back easily. It works. They get creative and innovative people in every walk of life, and that country is a powerhouse of new ideas and more importantly, happy people.

  39. Megan says:

    He runs a charter school in Harlem.

  40. Loretta Taylor says:

    this video is so true so sad smyth elementary in Chicago i want the school shut down the school is for low in come section 8 school. I watch the school the seat in class talk to staff they did not try then bully the parent which is me them the school and the head quarters bully me too. now i am homeschooling I am the joke now.

  41. White Man From Town says:

    Blacks, require lower IQ to obtain an equal level of academic achievement. But todays 'education doesn't matter' mentality, actually hurts black people. A fair system would account for all the other factors that account for these 1 Standard deviation discrepancies in achievement, as sources of 'intelligence' (interest, curiosity, motivation, intuition, creativity; conveniently labeled as not important to intelligence), and not IQ, which is more of a glorified short term memory test:
    Whites with a bachelors degree: IQ 111
    Blacks with a bachelor degree: IQ 96
    Whites with a masters degree: IQ 114
    Blacks with a masters degree: IQ 99
    Whites with a PhD or professional degree: IQ 123
    Blacks with a PhD or professional degree: IQ 110

  42. Squid Bomb Productions says:

    He's still angry today

  43. Docent Stef says:

    Motivating speech to do better, to find the correct priorities

  44. joey bodner says:

    the part at 17:07 is very inspiring

  45. Tyr3ll Trinidad says:

    I love this part it made me feel better 17:07

  46. Tabiri Petrovich says:

    I went to school in England, Croatia, Sweden and the USA -and the American was the absolute worst one.

  47. Ragingdragn says:

    I really think the reason why they don't change much is because of money. Its ALL about money and if this failing school system keeps running. This whole country will slowly kill itself before a war even starts.

  48. Shantele Lewellen says:

    Our education does look the same as it did 50 years ago+. It's like a factory. Factories are efficient, and are graded on it's quality. If it doesn't meet standards it gets tossed aside. This is the model we have for our education system, and people are not all the same. It's not one size fits all. Teachers are expected to do something about it without the resources, and have to follow a business model that doesn't make sense. As an educator this is my wish. I wish for smaller class sizes. I think this should be the first thing we do to make great change for our schools. There would be more Teachers to hire which would benefit our economy, but also the students could get the support they need. Teachers feel tremendous guilt for not being able to support all their students, and not be able to give them the attention they need, and it's not their fault. There are class sizes up to 38 students in the hands of 1 teacher. By the way, did I mention this was a 1st grade classroom. This is not uncommon to see in the poverty districts in Oregon. We need more teachers, and smaller class sizes, if we are expected to differentiate lessons to truly meet the needs of our children.

  49. Miss amazingness says:

    He mentioned having schools open all year, well the problem with that is that you have nothing to look forward to, school is hard enough don't make it worse for us. Here's and example: I'm my cousins school they tried that, almost every single student started failing because they had lost Thier motivation. Summer is our only motivation. That's sad but true. They have to change our motivations to change our grades.

  50. thebudkellyfiles says:

    Hey, the socialist agenda of bringing down our society by destroying the schools is working just fine.
    Make everyone dumb, incapable of working at any decent job, instill in the the victim ethic, and presto you have legions of useless dickheads that will vote Democrat. It's working fine. Oh, and blame the white people.

  51. SmD71nG says:

    He should run gopt srectetary pf statwe

  52. mikey Kirby says:


  53. Furrowed Brow says:


    Our failing black and Hispanic students – enough is enough.

    If you exclude black and hispanic student scores America becomes competitive again.

    The most recent PISA results, from 2015, placed the U.S. an unimpressive 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science.

    When US racial and ethnic groups are separately compared with other countries, Asian and white students regularly perform at or near the top of international rankings, while
    black and Hispanic students typically rank at or near the bottom.


  54. A Viewer says:

    Schools are failing because they are overrun with black students.

  55. Vincent Mileto says:

    This man is an idiot or a liar!

  56. Vincent Mileto says:

    50 years ago schools were much better! When I was in 1st to 9th grade 1953-1962 schools were even better, with much smaller budgets, and no Dept of education! The Dept. of ED started in 1980. Also the stronger the Teachers unions got, the worse education got! This is all a product of the 800 lb. gorilla nobody wants to acknowledge. Ever increasing far left-liberal policies! 100 trillion dollars will not help! Teachers unions priority is more money, more benefits, more power. Abolish the Dept of education!

  57. Quee says:

    5years later nothing changed. GG WP

  58. Aloyce Junior says:

    American students are lazy, but not all of them most of them.

  59. Kenny Parvenu says:

    Everything is pyramid structure strawman

  60. Kyra Kaminski says:

    5 years later, 2018, this still applies to schools today.

  61. gothgay says:

    I'm sorry, was that John Legend?

  62. StealthCamper says:

    Is this a stand up comedian?

  63. Clarence McCall says:

    I worked for Harlem Children Zone in the mid 2000s and it was a great experience. He is absolutely spot on when he talks about developing a network of support for students who've made it to the college level.

  64. Sunny shah says:

    Everyone learns differently.
    Some are auditory learners, some are visual learners, so learn by doing, and some learn by reading.
    School assumes everyone should learn the same way, and enforces one style of teaching and learning,
    hence some students pass, and many fail, or do not get a good grade.
    Schools were developed to create workers who can do just enough to make the company run, without complaining.
    And this is reflecting in the stupidity of the people, who after 12 years of school education, still don't know how to manage money, how to do taxes, how loans and interest works, how to find their passion,
    and how to learn new skills.
    This is why most of the population is financially illiterate, and in debt, and why 75% of the people hate their job.
    We all know that mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell,
    but we are not taught anything that is of importance in the market, and the real world.
    Schools were, and still are, a complete waste of time.
    You can learn and easily find all the facts and concepts they teach you in school on the internet these days,
    it takes less than a second to search who was the 21st president of the United States,
    yet, people are still being taught many useless facts and information that they will eventually forget.
    Schools need a revamp real bad, because technology and world is moving faster and faster these days, while schools are still stuck in the 1950s style of teaching.

  65. Abdulmoiz Ayyaz says:

    This ted talk needs to god damn be seen by Everyone

  66. shane hester says:

    it all goes back to the parents of the kids.

  67. Shay Monte' says:

    god his voice is atrocious

  68. Candace Carter says:

    Imagine if Geoffrey Canada was Secretary of Education instead of Betsy Devos…

  69. medved0987 says:

    Could make it to 5 minutes. "It is bad we need to make it better" with no indicators of how it is bad, or compared to what. Just massive generalizations. Now he may very well be right, but there is no way to know it from this talk so far. I bail.

  70. ilive4god2007 says:

    He is awesome! Preach, brother )

  71. Jason Harris says:

    At one point in History they tried having school in a pattern of 8 months and only 2 weeks off and it didn't work, and if that didn't work then having school year round won't work either.

  72. chad jones says:

    This ship has been gradually sinking for 50 years — but the internet was the iceberg that just ripped open the hull. Perhaps centralized factory-style "eduction" was always a bad idea. The "educational cliff" we are facing looks like this: what happens when the internet provides, for free, a better product than government can provide with nearly a Trillion dollars annual spend? What happens when free education is not just better, but significantly better. What happens next when free education becomes orders of magnitude better? In fact, that is where we are right now. And the only question is how we are going to accommodate the new reality. Our kids are going to be much much better off, but for the vast government/educational complex, there is blood in the water.

  73. paulbsmokin says:

    Haha! What a lying POS!

  74. Jeremy Cornwell says:

    My school system did not fail me. Speak for you're self.

  75. John Ryan says:

    High School is biggest failure in America

  76. Austin.Park says:

    Its 2019 and nothing has changed…

  77. Ms. Aviation says:

    Mobile County school district needs to hear this we have 11 failing schools in the county of Mobile Alabama..

  78. karmelo says:

    Whats with those people who succeed in the education system from those who hate the current education system?

  79. theChartist says:

    Entertaining but empty talk

  80. Алена Шарахматова says:

    Hi, I am a student of Applied linguistics in Poland😊. In two months I will be having an oral exam and have chosen "Systems of education in different countries (especially France) as my main topic. I would be very grateful if you could share your experiences and opinions about education in your country (both at school and academic degree levels). What do you like and dislike about it? Is there anything to be changed or improved? This is not an official research or anything. I just want to learn something interesting about different countries and have an interesting conversation with my examiner😁Thanks in advance for your time and willingness to help and share your point of view:)

  81. David Southwell says:

    Anything but IQ differentials.

  82. KUAROO says:

    Till now it’s still the same

  83. A bowl of salad says:

    This guy’s like a Black Bernie Sanders.

  84. hustlemade C says:

    His presentation is stellar and he would make a damn good politician

  85. Cara Crabtree says:

    I forget if it's Denmark or somewhere over that way, all the public schools are the same, equally great, private schools aren't allowed. Therefore it doesn't matter where you live or which one kids attend. So wealthy families want the schools to be good, wealthy kids mingle with poor kids, become friends, and when they grow up, don't want to screw over their friends. They have no homework, more "explore" and play time, arts etc.. less hours but do astoundingly better than us, learn several languages even, involved in the decisions in the education, critical thinking, positive consequences instead of mostly negative, etc..

  86. Vahram Tashjian says:

    "because I actually like kids.."

  87. Afce Smak says:

    Schools are not like traditional businesses imo. We need to stop trying to bring business culture to schools.

  88. shane hester says:

    what a bunch of crap.the problem is what we are teaching kids that will not help u get into college or a job.stop teaching feminist,gender and gay stuff and focus on things that get u a job.teachers unions have made teachers lazy and not caring and after 5 years u cant fire them short of murder.

  89. michael Nardi says:

    I love the black angry man

  90. sdozer1990 says:

    He repeats himself a lot, that is that each school does the same thing each year.

  91. Soledad Evangelista says:

    Go to school yourself be a teacher and teach yourself. To see to it what these teacher have been doing at school! Then judge afterwards when you yourself experience it.

  92. Daniel Fitisemanu says:

    This guy is amazing, off the charts. Loved the whole talk. Appreciate the passion you have Dr. Canada.

    But that right index finger was freaking me out man.

  93. Reyansh Garg says:

    Me: *Opens the video thinking that schools will get roasted

    Guy: Kids shouldnt get summer break

  94. Larry Hammersley says:

    The teachers should know were the students are in learning for the month . should they not?

  95. David Perez says:

    Clyde Drexler

  96. kingj411 says:

    Anyone else looking for his crooked finger?
    Joking aside, this dude is an inspiration for all of us

  97. Eric Schiltz says:

    The problem with education is all of innovation being done and over 100 years of failed education reforms. But they keep trying to reform it. Education has worked for 70-90% of us from the 1970s onward. The bogus report A Nation at Risk, April 1983, had messed up education even more. With this big push to increase the number of high school graduates, we've dumbed down the curriculum. A college graduate today knows about what a high school graduate of the 1950s knew.

    Mr. Canada is wrong in that most everyone can learn at the same levels. The Gaussian/Normal/Bell-shaped Curve explains this.

    Most can learn Elementary School stuff, pretty much no matter how it is taught. Middle School (Junior High School) and each successive level the subject matter gets more complex and therefore more kids will fail to understand.

    If you look at the education reformers, most are not educators. Even Canada's Master's degree in Education is suspect. For someone with undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology the most common concentration for his Master's degree would qualify him as a school counselor and not curriculum designer. This is just a guess as I cannot find what his area of concentration actually was.
    It is funny that most parents think that their school is great and everyone else's suck. Why is that? Because of people like Canada. They show three schools in Waiting for Superman and say that all schools are like this, are representative of them. I'll stop here.

  98. James Peterson says:

    Didn’t really hear many solutions other then spans more 💰.

  99. Hüseyin Yurtbay says:

    keltoş babana koş

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