Dave Eggers: How We Learn

Dave Eggers' TED prize acceptance speech



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Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. He talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world.

“When we think about kids and education, we have to get back to the basic undeniable that kids are individuals, they learn in a thousand ways, and there are undeniable steps to greater education for all: better salaries for teachers, smaller class sizes, and more one-on-one attention.” —Dave Eggers



826 National is a family of seven nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping students, ages 6-18, with expository and creative writing.

The organization's mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

Each chapter offers drop-in tutoring, field trips, workshops, and in-schools programs—all free of charge—for children, classes, and schools with particular interests or particular needs.