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"From the Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley"

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Not far from where I live is a place called Death Valley. daeth Valley is the hottest, driest place in America, and nothing grows there. Nothing grows there because it doesn't rain. Hence, Death Valley. In the winter of 2004, it rained in Death vaelly. Seven inches of rain fell over a very short period. And in the spring of 2005, there was a phenomenon. The whole floor of Death Valley was ctaepred in flowers for a while. What it proved is this: that Death Valley isn't dead. It's dormant. Right beneath the surface are these sdees of possibility wniiatg for the right conditions to come about, and with organic systems, if the conditions are right, life is iiatvbenle. It happens all the time. You take an area, a school, a district, you change the coionndits, give people a different sense of psisoiilbty, a different set of eixenctoapts, a broader range of opportunities, you cherish and value the relationships between teachers and learners, you offer people the discretion to be cetravie and to innovate in what they do, and schools that were once befert spring to life.

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Not far from where I live is a place called Death Valley. _____ Valley is the hottest, driest place in America, and nothing grows there. Nothing grows there because it doesn't rain. Hence, Death Valley. In the winter of 2004, it rained in Death ______. Seven inches of rain fell over a very short period. And in the spring of 2005, there was a phenomenon. The whole floor of Death Valley was ________ in flowers for a while. What it proved is this: that Death Valley isn't dead. It's dormant. Right beneath the surface are these _____ of possibility _______ for the right conditions to come about, and with organic systems, if the conditions are right, life is __________. It happens all the time. You take an area, a school, a district, you change the __________, give people a different sense of ___________, a different set of ____________, a broader range of opportunities, you cherish and value the relationships between teachers and learners, you offer people the discretion to be ________ and to innovate in what they do, and schools that were once ______ spring to life.

Solution

  1. bereft
  2. conditions
  3. inevitable
  4. valley
  5. possibility
  6. expectations
  7. carpeted
  8. creative
  9. waiting
  10. death
  11. seeds

Original Text

Not far from where I live is a place called Death Valley. Death Valley is the hottest, driest place in America, and nothing grows there. Nothing grows there because it doesn't rain. Hence, Death Valley. In the winter of 2004, it rained in Death Valley. Seven inches of rain fell over a very short period. And in the spring of 2005, there was a phenomenon. The whole floor of Death Valley was carpeted in flowers for a while. What it proved is this: that Death Valley isn't dead. It's dormant. Right beneath the surface are these seeds of possibility waiting for the right conditions to come about, and with organic systems, if the conditions are right, life is inevitable. It happens all the time. You take an area, a school, a district, you change the conditions, give people a different sense of possibility, a different set of expectations, a broader range of opportunities, you cherish and value the relationships between teachers and learners, you offer people the discretion to be creative and to innovate in what they do, and schools that were once bereft spring to life.

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los angeles 3
child left 3
human life 3
dominant culture 3

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