TED Talk style Informal passion authoritative

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TED Talk style Informal passion authoritative 
As the title says, this VO is meant to simulate the style of TED Talk. Conversational, passionate, authoritative. The message is about the state of our modern educational system in the U.S., how badly it needs reforming, and what one small regional university with a big vision is doing to save our schools. The scratch VO I provided is far from perfect, but i tried to read the script as I envisioned it might be read for the final product.

We will definitely be making a ~4 minute video for the web, and may be making a :30 TV spot in the future. It will likely require recording new VO when the TV project rolls around, so if you get the audition, I may be calling upon you again in the near future.
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2014-05-18 16:58:20 GMT
2014-05-21 09:00:00 (GMT -06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
To be defined
Via Internet: Birmingham, AL
4 Minutes
English - USA and Canada
Middle Age Male OR Senior Male
Source Connect
There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
Not defined
This is a non-union project

Script Details

custom demo required 
***This is the full script. Submit as little or as much as you like for audition. I just wanted you to be able to read it to understand the whole story, and who your character is.***

Education as we know it is becoming obsolete.

And I don’t mean like a year-old smartphone.

I mean like using 19th century tools to solve 21st century problems.

Because it’s . . . exactly like that.

After all, the way we “educate” our children has stayed pretty much the same since we even conceived of doing it. Listen to lectures. Read and regurgitate. Bubble in the answers. Put a little hat on and call it a day.

At this point, do we really think we’re preparing them for the breathtaking ride that is the arc of human achievement and innovation in the 21st century? Probably not.

And let me be clear: the problem is not teachers. Our teachers are doing an incredible job—all while working within an outdated, broken model.

Renowned educator and philosopher John Dewey once said “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” And that was in 1944.

So great, we’ve established the problem. What’s the solution?

Burn the mother down, start over from scratch.

No, no—totally kidding. That’s crazy.

Here’s the thing: there’s no one right answer yet.

But there are a lot of possible great answers.

And those of us who are asking the question are absolutely thrilled with the possibilities.

Let’s take a trip to Alabama. Seriously, to Jacksonville State University in central Alabama, where they’ve graduated more successful educators than any other university in the state. They are passionate and focused on transforming education from pre-K all the way to college.

For example, they’ve developed a program called CORE that began as a collaboration between the university and visionary Piedmont City Schools. The concept here is to introduce new technologies and methodologies into high-need schools. But there’s a lot more to it than just sticking an iPad in a kid’s hands and hailing it a groundbreaking new approach.

After all, technology in classrooms is nothing new. Technology is just a tool—that when combined a project- and challenge-based learning approach, promotes 21st century critical thinking skills.

So what does that mean? Essentially, it’s just teaching kids to solve problems now, in the same way that we, as adults, solve them every day.

And this idea of bringing education into the 21st century—it’s like a little spark that found its fuel in the fertile minds of their entire educational community. And as it grew, so did their efforts—and so did their influence.

Next thing you know, JSU has gotten the attention of the U.S. Department of Education—who, in turn, awarded JSU a $12 million grant that will help them study CORE for the next 5 years. Which is so exciting, so encouraging—and, ultimately, so empowering for all of us.

Today, JSU is expanding its network to include new school districts and private sector partners to bring CORE to thousands, and eventually hundreds of thousands, of new students nationwide.

Now, we know programs like CORE aren’t going to change the world of education overnight. But what these programs, and schools like JSU, teach us—is that there’s hope. Hope that we can affect change from the inside out. That we can evolve. That a system on the verge of antiquity can still be saved. And that the best we have to offer our children ... truly can be our best.

Thank you. 
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