We know that in the middle of August, it鈥檚 hard to hear the words 鈥back to school.鈥 I mean, as long as the beach is packed with tourists and the sun is setting at 8pm, it鈥檚 still endless summer, right?


As much as we may hate to admit it, classroom days are almost here. But don鈥檛 worry 鈥 we鈥檙e here to get you ready and pumped to hit the books once again. Take a few minutes one summer night, and get inspired by these TED talks celebrating, questioning and revitalizing education.

1. Let鈥檚 Use Video to Reinvent Education.

Salman Khan, the founder and executive director of Khan Academy, shares the story behind the creation of his company and the benefits of video education. Whether you鈥檙e heading back to a traditional or online classroom this fall, Khan will give you another perspective on education and how these new ways of teaching can help us all learn better.

2. How Schools Kill Creativity.

While the title may not seem like a 鈥渇eel-good-back-to-school鈥 video, it鈥檚 fascinating to hear Ken Robinson challenge the typical school system we鈥檝e grown so accustom to. Instead of feeling discouraged, use Robinson鈥檚 talk as a push to foster your own creativity, wherever you can.

3. Kids, Take Charge.

Kiran Bir Sethi shares the incredible power of the phrase 鈥淚 can鈥 and the success that has come from her Riverside School in India. 鈥淲hen children are empowered, they don鈥檛 just do good,鈥 Sethi says. 鈥淭hey do well.鈥

4. If I Should Have a Daughter鈥

When my high school English teacher showed our class this TED talk, it (somewhat) changed my life. Sarah Kay is a perfect champion for the importance of self-expression and the wonderful teaching powers of poetry. If there鈥檚 anything that will make you want to rush back to your writing class, it鈥檚 this.

5. A Teen Just Trying to Figure it Out.

I know she鈥檚 only 18, but when I grow up, I want to be Tavi Gevinson. She started the popular fashion blog Style Rookie before creating Rookie Magazine, an online publication for teenage girls, and she鈥檚 also made the Forbes 鈥30 under 30鈥 list鈥 what is it? Three times now?

In Gevinson鈥檚 talk, she acknowledges that it can be hard, at any age, but especially when you鈥檙e going through school, to feel like you have anything figured out. But in true Rookie fashion, Gevinson helps us to realize that we鈥檙e not alone.

If you鈥檙e itching for even more video education or inspiration, check out TED-Ed, TED鈥檚 education initiative aimed at students and educators.

What is your favorite TED Talk? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

This post was originally published on Levo League by Madison Feller.