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Michelle Obama's plea for education



http://www.ted.com Speaking at a London girls’ school, Michelle Obama makes a passionate, personal case for each student to take education seriously. It is this new, brilliant generation, she says, that will close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

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49 comments

  1. i like neither politicians nor their spouses.
    power to the people !!

  2. Money was never backed by anything Really?
    do you know how money came to be? it use to be a note that you have that much gold stored! Money use to be backed by gold! IF money is not backed by anything then crushes can occur all the sudden people realize they want food and nobody wants money and a huge inflation occurs. Gold was valued because it takes work to get gold Gold represents work! And people like the way gold looks! Money is way overvalued! You can print it for cents and its worth a 100

  3. probably written by someone else…

  4. gold value does fluctuate but it wont fall below certain point because its actually work (unlike money) and im not for using gold as money
    im just saying that it could be used to back Money up (even if banks be forced to keep just 1/10 of the value of money in their banks as gold it would help to prevent crushes)
    We know that money can totally fail
    we dont know of any time in history that gold did
    right now money is just paper as soon as people will stop trusting it crush will occur

  5. gold value does fluctuate but it wont fall below certain point because its actually work (unlike money) and im not for using gold as money
    im just saying that it could be used to back Money up (even if banks be forced to keep just 1/10 of the value of money in their banks as gold it would help to prevent crushes)
    We know that money can totally fail
    we dont know of any time in history that gold did
    right now money is just paper as soon as people will stop trusting it crush will occur

  6. if comments post 2wice im sorry youtube doesnt post my comments and i dont know if they posted or not
    its so frustrating

  7. yea but that money has no value
    so its like keeping something that has no value anyways (or can loose value)
    Gold was there because it cannot completely loose value!
    still better then keeping nothing but as soon as money looses value the money in the bank looses value as well

  8. Im not saying change medium of exchange
    still use money just back it with something
    In economics market decides the value if the whole value is artificially pumped up because people expect other people to take it as payment
    then all the sudden people might want it less and less untill they dont want it@all
    in fact we know value of money fluctuates a lot government tries to prevent it but that causes stress and can cause a crush
    and if theres not enough resources the resource value will raise

  9. really Then how is it that when Germany printed lots of money they thought their life be honey
    but all the sudden their economy went down
    Even though they did have the same amount of physical resources!
    And second of all if money fails we are back to barter system and barter system is very inefficient and will make it impossible to buy things and sell them ruining economy! Even if there are physical resources

  10. yea i was just saying that they thought their problem will be solved by printing money
    And poor fiscal policies can lead to disasters
    like when you have communism
    and good fiscal policies can promote growth and prosperity
    you can never fully stop development unless you have war
    however you can hinder it greatly and cause starvation if you make bad decisions about your countries economics

  11. todays communistic countries are much more capitalistic then USSR was. And yes you can experience growth as a communistic country but it wont be as fast as a capitalistic country and it doesnt mean that there wont be starvation. And even if there is no hungry people you still are killing people that could be saved with the progress you make like invention of new medical equipment etc. People work much more efficiently when they are working for themselves

  12. if only hydrogen was cheaper it could be used as an effective alternative
    I also thought that its more potent but im not 100% sure on that

  13. well i think there could be growth with no oil just once oil would vanish and there be no alternatives at beginning it would take us back to the stone age and then slowly (very slowly) growth would start up again but yes that would be an economic disaster!
    And i never tried to say that communistic countries dont experience growth in fact i said "you can never fully stop development unless you have war" at least you cant stop it forever unless u have everlasting war.

  14. Never is such a long lasting word. But yes it probably wouldnt happen So if there ever is nuclear war that destroys most our technology our society is doomed,if not forever then at least for really really really long time. We dont know when the world will end we have some predictions but sun will explode some 5 billion years from now thats a long time(if we are right) and stone age was only some 35 thousands years ago 🙂
    Hopefully we will only go forward without backing up like during dark ages

  15. I wish she hadn't done the first bit in this talk… she's making out as if she worked SO HARD to become the first lady…

    She just married the right person

  16. I have no problem with her talking. I thought TED videos are suppose to be a TED events. Instead is it just based on what the TED people think would be nice to show. I thought this was a channel for their talks, not other people's no matter how nice they are.

  17. She's such a refreshing step up from her predecessor, the Joker. Err, I mean, Laura Bush.

  18. I have no respect for Michelle at all, not since her Airforce 1 stunt over New York horrifying hundreds making them believe "Here we go again"

  19. Obama is a racist. finally we figure it out. doesnt matter if his black friend wfrom Harvard was wrong or not…the balck man is above that. a white cop was involved. I dont need to know anything but that Obama thinks…..that my friends….is racism.
    And THIS queen in the video is no better. Now she's proud of her america…what a joke

  20. TS Christian…you sitting in Wrights church too? matters it not…there will always be blind true believers like yourself who swallow the socialist kool-aid because you desperately need to believe….. like "clinging to your religion of hope and change" …..
    there will always be people like me to oppose you…because these two are RACISTS

  21. not only is Obama a racist….you by supporting his racism …are also racist!
    two and three word answers …mustve gone to public school in chicago, huh?…..but you…you phoney…calling on the name of CHRIST…as part of your name? …you….are dismissed.

  22. you look at his party afilliation…you look at his skin color….and ignore what he truly believes and says with his own words….how is calling race on a policeman doing his job bringing people together? He's a wedge dring people…Americans …apart…there's YOU….and there's ME…divided permenantly by the president of the united states of all people. This is NO DIFFERENT than the Germany of the 1930's. We are destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over….

  23. Agree with you up to 2 but not from 3 and below. She definitely is selling something but , the filters that the different listeners put on would mean your 3 and 4 would be completely different for everyone listening. for some the diversity would mean they can reach to that height, for others it would be well you had a father who worked hard so don't talk like we are in the same situation, and still some other will agree with your 3 etc… the same for 4. and the rest

  24. @derekchewie11 He just became president and now you are blaming him for a bad educational system that has been there for at least decades…

    I thought it takes more than one year to educate somebody!!
    This says a lot about your education level.

    Your argument is makes no sense and therefore should be avoided

  25. @wasdom01 Obama a racists?!?!?!? lol ok, that's all ima say

  26. @wasdom01 oh my bad lol. I didn't know if you was being sarcastic or not. I couldn't tell.

  27. Take all your education seriously!! Just not the bits in your history class that tell you why socialism is better than capitalism.

  28. Shame on you. Obama is not a racist. That is cruel and has no place on TED. Obama is a black illuminati racing into the NWO. Scooping 7 trillion off the top and never creating one new job. Be proud be very proud. You all will witness the greatness that brings down the USA! This is history people.

  29. @gotaskor We were never supposed to be a Democracy. WE are supposed to be a Republic. Since the Dems took control of congress in 2006, it's been one screw up after another. The president is a figurehead, he does not have the final say on anything. Congress can override him by a 2/3 majority vote on an law or potential law. Democracy is FAR TOO LIBERAL and WAY TO TOLERANT of too many things that are just wrong!

  30. Where is the proof that Obama is illuminati? Please provide us with solid proof, otherwise your statement should be dismissed as scaremongering speculation. You are coming from a democratic country, privileged with the freedom of speech. Please prove to the rest of the world that this the best way forward by using it responsibly instead of abusing it with unfounded statements.

  31. I appreciated her message here nonetheless. I didn't come from a traditional family home, where my mum forced me to do well but broke my self-esteem on a daily basis. My stepdad couldn't help me as he was not well. The ones who really developed me constructively were a handful of teachers who believed in me. Watching her speech had made me, instead of being bitter about what I didn't have, realise I should look for a man who respects me and to be a supportive parent to my kids.

  32. Hmm, whilst the majority of people see this as a motivational speech for women, you think that she's trying to make you feel guilty. Can I ask why you think she is making you feel guilty of?

  33. Relax.. I make jokes. Still lots of videos made by his gay lover. Disturbing much! Lots of videos about him and his mom being CIA. Name change all that. Do not worry he will win again 100% guaranteed. He is a little like 9-11. In the first few years we all went along with the story. Now you have thousands of people and videos proving it wrong and a lie. You are blessed to be in a good mental and emotional state. Stay that way as long as you can. Ignore morons like me. Be at peace.

  34. Pathetic, just like the husband.

  35. She's a great woman to look up. A truly lady that is intelligent, full of values and creating an impacting in today's society.

  36. Misssssssssing you all! I'm Sending you positive healing energy and abundance thanks.

  37. your really amazing, your people, keep this spirit, and progress well for your nation, God bless you.

  38. I love Michelle! I wish I could have met her in the UK

  39. "Where you stand today is not a limiting factor to the heights you will rise to tomorrow" Mrs Obama said this at St.Xavier's college Mumbai and it blew my mind. The converse is also true; you can sink like a stone, paint yourself into a corner, shoot yourself in the foot by abusing the privileges your parents and nation afforded you.
    thank u, Mrs Obama, God bless

  40. I came here when I got to page 319 of Michelle's book Becoming. She's amazing!

  41. They cut off the hugging part which is my favorite part ^^

  42. Becoming book brought me here!!

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