Ten best presentations – readers’ choice

KnowHR had a great post a while ago on the “ten best presentations ever,” mostly pertaining to IT and other technology. I noted it on this blog, and I also wrote in with some recommendations for other presentations that ought to be in a ten best presentations list.

Well, KnowHR has done another list of readers’ choices, including one of mine, perhaps the most controversial one.

It’s a useful list. Educators may want to make a special note of the presentation on creativity in education by Sir Ken Robinson.

Someone will always grouse about rankings of things that are difficult to compare, but I find that making such rankings is helpful to students in studying a subject, and such lists emphasize what is important to know when they refer to historical events. The rankings focus on two important facets: The effects of the event, which sometimes cascade over a great deal of time or great distances, and the relative importance of other events.

The Texas Education Agency ranks events in U.S. history, picking a eleven that are important enough students should know the dates by year. Here are the years; can you determine the events to be remembered?

  • 1607
  • 1776
  • 1787
  • 1803
  • 1861-1865
  • 1877
  • 1898
  • 1914-1918
  • 1929
  • 1941-1945
  • 1957
  • (and I would have sworn there was a date for the end of the Cold War, but I can’t find it just now at the TEA website . . . I list the date as 1991, the crumbling of the Soviet Union, which was officially dead at midnight, December 31, 1991) .

1957 stumped me a bit — which historic event was supposed to be the one Texas wanted? Once I learned the trick, I wondered whether 1969 wouldn’t have been a better choice.  (You can check out the link to figure out the event and the year — or pose the question in comments.)

In any case, check out the list at KnowHR. What’s been left off?

5 Responses to Ten best presentations – readers’ choice

  1. […] “Ten best presentations – readers’ choice” […]


  2. edarrell says:

    Should Gagarin’s flight be included? What year was that?

    I remember the flight. I remember Gagarin. I don’t remember the year, however, and I wonder whether it outranks the Moon landing. I suppose, though, if we’re being scrupulously fair, and since Sputnik is also Soviet, Gagarin’s flight deserves mention.

    So, now, seriously: Do we remember the year?


  3. Bread Crumb says:

    The launch of Sputnik, Gagarin’s first spaceflight, and the first manned moon landing should all be included. The launch of Sputnik helped wake up the U.S. to the importance of science education (at least until the Fundamentalist backlash against it). As a product of that era, I remember watching the Mercury and Gemini astronauts go into space (more so the Gemini launches), and I watched the first manned moon landing with my parents, as well as a neighbor lady who settled Missouri in a covered wagon – Mrs. Viola Starr – a wonderful woman who sure saw some amazing changes during her lifetime. I had the great fortune to grow up (more or less) and join the aerospace field, and even met a few of my heroes when I was on assignment at Edwards Air Force Base for awhile, including X-15 astronaut/test pilot Bill Dana and Shuttle astronaut Gordon Fullerton, and the many test pilots, engineers, technicians and maintence personnel who make all the magic happen.

    These days, we need for the U.S. to wake up to the importance of science education in biology, and stamp out the bad influence exerted by creationists and politicians sympathetic to their wingnuttery. We need more people joining groups like the National Center for Science Education who are spearheading this fight.


  4. edarrell says:

    Do the parents of your kids actually read the site? A lot of them, or a few of them, or something in between? If so, what’s your secret?


  5. Fun list. I may steal it to put on my classroom site. Stump the parents, you know.

    It would seem to me the first landing on the Moon would be a much better entry on the list than the beginning of the space race. It’s one of those moments frozen in time. I remember exactly what I was doing…and I was only seven.


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