Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Unstoppable Learning.
About Rita Pierson's TEDTalk
Veteran teacher Rita Pierson believes that relationships are crucial to education. She talks about how classrooms lack the kind of human connections kids need to feel inspired and to learn. Pierson gave her talk as part of the PBS Special TED Talks Education, airing May 7.
About Rita Pierson
Rita Pierson has been a professional educator since 1972. She has served in numerous roles, including elementary regular and special education teacher, junior high school teacher, counselor, assistant principal, director, testing coordinator and consultant.
She is also a licensed professional counselor. Pierson developed and implemented a school/community involvement program for a large urban elementary school, as well as organized and trained an in-school crisis team for students in need of immediate intervention. For the past decade she has conducted professional development training and seminars for thousands of educators.