Author: James Smith

Re: Where Do Human Rights Come From?

Where do human rights come from? Question: Where do human rights come from? Mary Robinson: It’s an old idea, but the modern roots are in the French Constitution, the Constitution of the United States.  But from an international point of view, the great document is the universal declaration of human rights.  And that was the work of a small team of lawyers who came from China, the Netherlands, from France, from Canada under the chairmanship of Eleanor Roosevelt.  At the time she was already the widow of President Roosevelt.  And she was quite bossy.  She wasn’t herself a lawyer,...

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Higher Education Is Not About Getting a Job | Fred D’Agostino

Many people think the point of higher education is economic: graduates get better paying jobs and the economy gets the knowledge-workers it needs. But, there is another story. There is a role for higher education in skilling-up citizens so they can play an active and effective role in a democratic society. Hear from political philosopher, Professor Fred D’Agostino as he shares numerous examples of this alternative story. Fred D’Agostino is Professor of Humanities at The University of Queensland and was Executive Dean of Arts and Associate Dean of Arts (Academic) during his ten-year stint at UQ. He is a...

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Daniel Koretz on Gender and Education

The gender gap can be traced to the inflated expectations we have for boys Daniel Koretz believes. Daniel Koretz: The gender gap is a bit of a puzzle.  First of all, it’s very badly misunderstood.  I went to a conference some years ago in which a prominent civil rights lawyer said that gender differences in test scores are the canary in a coal mine.  They’re the warning that’s something is really amiss.  The next speaker who is not inclined to directly contradict the first speaker but did just by presenting this said, well, in fact, in many subjects, most...

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Developing Creativity and Innovation Through Education: Doireann O’Connor

Doireann O’Connor is a lecturer in Early Childhood Care and Education at The Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland. She has produced an Anthology of Traditional Irish Games, Songs and Rhymes as well as book chapters and journal articles on topics such as School Readiness and Education Policy. Doireann is a founding member of PLÉ– The Network of Early Childhood Care and Education Degree Courses in Ireland. Doireann spent 10 years working within the field of Early Childhood Care and Education, holding a number of key positions within Policy and Practice. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is...

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