ted dintersmith


intro’d to Ted via – most likely to succeed – film and book w Tony Wagner.. (not moved)

ie: from trailer .. we’re trying to get that kind of complexity and curiosity get inculcated (instill..an attitude, idea, or habit.. by persistent instruction) in our students..

rather.. we have the means today.. to not squelch that curiosity in the first place.. as well as detox the 7bn who have already lost it.. at the same time.. let’s do that..

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way


adding page this day

Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) tweeted at 6:37 AM – 26 Dec 2016 :

Where the ‘bad kids’ go to school https://t.co/kFgTQXqsbj (http://twitter.com/Larryferlazzo/status/813378267621138432?s=17)



somewhere in the desert.. there’s a school for last chances..


kid: go to school get your hs diploma.. no i’m done..

sounds like smart kid.. not bad kid.. listen deeper (saying this because of article larry tweeted.. ie: saying film didn’t just have happy ending.. like everyone getting diploma.. suck.. listen deep er..)

where the hardest lessons are drawn from life

if we believe that.. .. let’s just go.. rev of everyday life ness

where ‘bad kids’ have a chance to make good

what does make good mean..? nobody needs a chance to make good.. rather.. everyone needs to get a go everyday..

they are all the outcasts..

if flatrock didn’t exist.. 82 kids last year wouldn’t have gotten a diploma

oy. suck. oy..

ged ness

trailer ends… announcing.. congratulations to graduate number 20…

we are so messed up


2015 – Prepare Our Kids for Life, Not Standardized Tests | TEDxFargo

i had focused on how they were doing and how busy they were.. but i never focused on what they were doing.. so i made..two columns.. left: things they do in school that help.. on right: irrelevant.. (ie: factoring polynomials)…. column on left remained empty.. but what concerned me.. was having to add a third column: things we do that jeopardize kids’ lives..

kids being made to jump through hoops..

imagine self-talk as data

incredible opp.. every 5 yr old.. if we could just preserve this characteristic..

1 yr to be 5 ness

1893 – world will move from ag to manufacturing.. we changed ed in about 20  yrs.. america #1… we saved world in ww2


80s.. it was clear our model had run out of steam.. a nation at risk.. if ed system had been imposed by foreign country.. we would declare it an act of war..

now need manufacturing to innovation.. but what did.. was put pressure to measure up to test measures..

not that we don’tknow what we should be doing in schools.. it’s just that those are isolated pockets.. so.. how can i spread that mission…

siemens law

so i supported doc for .. most likely to succeed.. show our audience what schools are capable of…

imagine science of people in schools… what we are really capable of is way beyond succeeding.. ness

see school situations that are filled with life preparation..


what we want you do to is prepare our kids for life

ok.. if that’s true.. and if you truly are an ‘all-in agent for change’.. let me bend your ear..

there’s a nother way

ie: hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data.. as the day [aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]


watching mlts thanks to hawaii pbs – can’t believe how much of this is from what i was involved with 10 yrs ago..  ie: krishnamurti free will law – esp the high tech high stuff.. dang.. and according to hawaii.. it’s being applauded so much now.. and can’t believe we aren’t being more drastic (because we have the means to) when ie: the film starts out with daughter in tears.. and we know she’s thinking.. this is bs.. yet we keep her going to school.. to shameful conferences.. guy in middle saying what kids need today in order to compete.. who decided life is about or even should include competition.. then at 45 min castleview kids say.. ‘hs if for acing the test so you can get into college.. and that’s where you get to apply it to life’.. well .. not really.. so let’s call bs on all of it.. do our kids.. do we.. not matter enough.. (again.. because we have the means.. would take no more effort that ie: what went into making this film/book.. sir ken’s talks.. whatever).. 47 min – clip from Eric Mazur that i got 10 yrs ago..  48 min – when we hire at kahn academy.. (really..? that’s what we’re going for in life)

huge.. google guy (Lazlo Bock @laszlobock – people ops at google) at 50 min – had just said.. kids are curious naturally.. we teach them how not to learn.. but to memorize what others expect.. then interviewer says.. so not what’s good for econ.. and google guy says.. or good for your soul.. that should be the whole flim right there.. we should figure that out.. how can we make life good for 7 bn souls.. everything else is blah blah

let’s try this guys.. quit spinning wheels.. get off the cycle

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

yet.. goes on .. comparing workers.. and jobs.. and fear of losing them.. we’re so sick/intoxicated.. graeber jobless law .. et al

52 min – parents asked to make a bet.. 1/ keep same 2/ reimagine school..

there’s a third option.. rev of everyday life.. if equity is everyone getting a go every day.. redefining public education becomes revolution of everyday life.. aka: global equity


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Founding exec producer of the documentary Most Likely To Succeed, author of the book of the same title, and *all-in change agent to re-imagine school.

*god i hope so


I’m a father of two young adults, and concerned about the world’s future. I’m retired from my venture firm Charles River Ventures, a top-tier early-stage venture firm, and now focus my time, energy, and money on high-potential education-related initiatives.  I spent the fall of 2012 in New York City, selected by the President to serve as part of the delegation representing the United States at the United Nations General Assembly, where I focused on education and entrepreneurship.  Now, I’m traveling way more than I ever did when I was active in venture capital.