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About this Youtube video: Joshua Katz is a high school math teacher in Orange County FL. Joshua s Talk In the mid 1800 s Horace Mann captured the potential impact of education on society. We have yet to realize the potential he saw and in fact we are missing the mark by a wider and wider margin. We have created a Toxic Culture of Education in our country that is damaging students impacting our economy and threatening our future. Since the passage of No Child Left Behind we have embraced a culture of high stakes testing and are perpetuating a false sense of failure in our schools. We have ignored research and data on effective policy making practices in order to serve the interest of private industries that have monetized our students. The impact is being felt in communities on college campuses and in our economy. The solution lies in a common sense approach to student development curriculum choice career exploration and relevant data analysis. This talk will present a vision of an education system that allows us to embrace our full potential if we only had the courage to ask Why Not About TEDx x independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading TEDx is a program of local self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local self-organized events are branded TEDx where x independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program but individual TEDx events are self-organized. Subject to certain rules and regulations .