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"From the Ted Talk by Bill Strickland: Rebuilding a neighborhood with beauty, dignity, hope"

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Remember I'm the blcak kid from the '60s who got his life saved with ceramics. Well, I went out and decided to reproduce my epexrniece with other kids in the nigroboheohd, the theory being if you get kids flowers and you give them food and you give them sunshine and enthusiasm, you can bring them right back to life. I have 400 kids from the Pittsburgh piublc school system that come to me every day of the week for arts education. And these are children who are flunking out of public school. And last year I put 88 pnreect of those kids in college and I've averaged over 80 percent for 15 years. We've made a fascinating discovery: there's nothing wrong with the kids that affection and sunshine and food and enthusiasm and Herbie's music can't cure. For that I won a big old pqlaue — Man of the Year in ecdouitan. I beat out all the Ph.D.'s because I figured that if you taret cidlrehn like human beings, it increases the likelihood they're going to behave that way. And why we can't institute that policy in every school and in every city and every town remains a mystery to me.

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Remember I'm the _____ kid from the '60s who got his life saved with ceramics. Well, I went out and decided to reproduce my __________ with other kids in the ____________, the theory being if you get kids flowers and you give them food and you give them sunshine and enthusiasm, you can bring them right back to life. I have 400 kids from the Pittsburgh ______ school system that come to me every day of the week for arts education. And these are children who are flunking out of public school. And last year I put 88 _______ of those kids in college and I've averaged over 80 percent for 15 years. We've made a fascinating discovery: there's nothing wrong with the kids that affection and sunshine and food and enthusiasm and Herbie's music can't cure. For that I won a big old ______ — Man of the Year in _________. I beat out all the Ph.D.'s because I figured that if you _____ ________ like human beings, it increases the likelihood they're going to behave that way. And why we can't institute that policy in every school and in every city and every town remains a mystery to me.

Solution

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  2. percent
  3. education
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  5. public
  6. plaque
  7. black
  8. treat
  9. children

Original Text

Remember I'm the black kid from the '60s who got his life saved with ceramics. Well, I went out and decided to reproduce my experience with other kids in the neighborhood, the theory being if you get kids flowers and you give them food and you give them sunshine and enthusiasm, you can bring them right back to life. I have 400 kids from the Pittsburgh public school system that come to me every day of the week for arts education. And these are children who are flunking out of public school. And last year I put 88 percent of those kids in college and I've averaged over 80 percent for 15 years. We've made a fascinating discovery: there's nothing wrong with the kids that affection and sunshine and food and enthusiasm and Herbie's music can't cure. For that I won a big old plaque — Man of the Year in Education. I beat out all the Ph.D.'s because I figured that if you treat children like human beings, it increases the likelihood they're going to behave that way. And why we can't institute that policy in every school and in every city and every town remains a mystery to me.

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