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TEDxConcordiaUPortland -- Nathan Schmitt -- The 50/50 Rule

What is the purpose of an education? This is a question Nathan Schmitt has spent a lot of time pondering. If it is to learn to think for yourself and approach the world with a questioning attitude, he's well on his way. Schmitt was homeschooled by his mother through high school and she taught him how to think critically about the world and how to make a difference in society. He's now a student at Concordia University, but lately he wonders what our current academic culture is preparing us for. "The information taught in schools and read by an individual person is basically incomplete knowledge if what they read is not followed by hands-on action." Ambitious and competitive, Nathan is a driven and successful student; however, he knows that this isn't enough. He thinks more time should be spent acquiring situational knowledge. Though they provide a meaningful foundation, he thinks there's only so much you can learn from books and theories. Instead, students should be getting "real, tangible experience" so they can gain experience and build industry relationship. He'd like to see theory and praxis balanced in education, and he's crafted a 50/50 rule that speaks to this idea worth spreading. Nathan is in the midst of building his own business and he plans to write a book. Ideally he'd like to get involved in the leadership of his community and country. 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)
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