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"From the Ted Talk by Carl Honoré: In praise of slowness"

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Homework is another thing. There are homework bans sgpiinrng up all over the developed world in schools which had been piling on the homework for years, and now they're discovering that less can be more. So there was a case up in scotnlad recently where a fee-paying, high-achieving private soochl banned homework for everyone under the age of 13, and the high-achieving parents freaked out and said, "What are you — you know, our kids will fall" — the headmaster said, "No, no, your children need to slow down at the end of the day." And just this last mtonh, the exam results came in, and in math, sccinee, marks went up 20 prneect on average last year. And I think what's very revealing is that the elite unsiieeritvs, who are often cited as the reason that people drive their kids and hothouse them so much, are sanrttig to notice the caliber of sttednus coming to them is falling. These kids have wonderful marks; they have CVs jammed with extracurriculars, to the point that would make your eyes water. But they lack spark; they lack the ability to think creatively and think outside — they don't know how to dream. And so what these Ivy lageue slochos, and Oxford and Cambridge and so on, are starting to send a measgse to pnraets and students that they need to put on the brakes a little bit. And in Harvard, for instance, they send out a letter to undergraduates — freshmen — telling them that they'll get more out of life, and more out of Harvard, if they put on the brakes, if they do less, but give time to things, the time that things need, to enjoy them, to savor them. And even if they sometimes do nothing at all. And that letter is called — very revealing, I think — "Slow Down!" — with an exclamation mark on the end.

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Homework is another thing. There are homework bans _________ up all over the developed world in schools which had been piling on the homework for years, and now they're discovering that less can be more. So there was a case up in ________ recently where a fee-paying, high-achieving private ______ banned homework for everyone under the age of 13, and the high-achieving parents freaked out and said, "What are you — you know, our kids will fall" — the headmaster said, "No, no, your children need to slow down at the end of the day." And just this last _____, the exam results came in, and in math, _______, marks went up 20 _______ on average last year. And I think what's very revealing is that the elite ____________, who are often cited as the reason that people drive their kids and hothouse them so much, are ________ to notice the caliber of ________ coming to them is falling. These kids have wonderful marks; they have CVs jammed with extracurriculars, to the point that would make your eyes water. But they lack spark; they lack the ability to think creatively and think outside — they don't know how to dream. And so what these Ivy ______ _______, and Oxford and Cambridge and so on, are starting to send a _______ to _______ and students that they need to put on the brakes a little bit. And in Harvard, for instance, they send out a letter to undergraduates — freshmen — telling them that they'll get more out of life, and more out of Harvard, if they put on the brakes, if they do less, but give time to things, the time that things need, to enjoy them, to savor them. And even if they sometimes do nothing at all. And that letter is called — very revealing, I think — "Slow Down!" — with an exclamation mark on the end.

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  2. starting
  3. springing
  4. message
  5. schools
  6. month
  7. parents
  8. percent
  9. universities
  10. science
  11. students
  12. school
  13. league

Original Text

Homework is another thing. There are homework bans springing up all over the developed world in schools which had been piling on the homework for years, and now they're discovering that less can be more. So there was a case up in Scotland recently where a fee-paying, high-achieving private school banned homework for everyone under the age of 13, and the high-achieving parents freaked out and said, "What are you — you know, our kids will fall" — the headmaster said, "No, no, your children need to slow down at the end of the day." And just this last month, the exam results came in, and in math, science, marks went up 20 percent on average last year. And I think what's very revealing is that the elite universities, who are often cited as the reason that people drive their kids and hothouse them so much, are starting to notice the caliber of students coming to them is falling. These kids have wonderful marks; they have CVs jammed with extracurriculars, to the point that would make your eyes water. But they lack spark; they lack the ability to think creatively and think outside — they don't know how to dream. And so what these Ivy League schools, and Oxford and Cambridge and so on, are starting to send a message to parents and students that they need to put on the brakes a little bit. And in Harvard, for instance, they send out a letter to undergraduates — freshmen — telling them that they'll get more out of life, and more out of Harvard, if they put on the brakes, if they do less, but give time to things, the time that things need, to enjoy them, to savor them. And even if they sometimes do nothing at all. And that letter is called — very revealing, I think — "Slow Down!" — with an exclamation mark on the end.

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